Today started out gray and rainy. The kids were hungry for lunch earlier than normal. They love anything with cheese, particularly macaroni and cheese. Lately, I have been “dreaming” up a recipe in my mind and decided to experiment today. This one uses a white sauce (alfredo), extra cheese and is topped with Panko bread crumbs for a crunchy topping.
Cheesy Alfredo Pasta
1 lb of elbow macaroni(white or wheat)
1 jar of store bought Alfredo sauce, or try this recipe
8 -10 ounces of shredded mozzarella cheese
2 t of dry mustard
1 t of nutmeg
1 t of black pepper
(Usually, I’d say white sauce, white pepper; however, I prefer black pepper.)
1/2 cup of Panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup of butter, melted
Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain. In same pot, add 1 T of butter and jarred Alfredo sauce (or make your own, following recipe). To Alfredo sauce, add mozzarella cheese, dry mustard, nutmeg and pepper. Stir until cheese is melted. Pour macaroni into the pot stir, until all is coated. Pour in greased 9×13 pan. In a small bowl combine bread crumbs and butter. Sprinkle bread crumbs atop the macaroni dish. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Then, broil until golden brown.
So much for making ‘comfort food’ on a gray, rainy day. Just as we sat down to have lunch, the sun began to shine. At this moment, it’s absolutely gorgeous outside. Who says you can only eat comfort food on rainy, cold days? Not me.
I hope you try and enjoy!
Might just bring a little bit of sunshine into your day!