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Categories: Main courses, Sides, Vegetarian

Queen and Diva's mac 'n' cheese

Queen and Diva's mac 'n' cheese
Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times

Every year at my house, we host what we call the "Long Table Thanksgiving." It's a simple tradition, and it does a lot to minimize holiday stress. We provide the birds, and everyone else brings a side dish. Oh, and ... Read more

Total time: 1 hour, 10 minutes | Serves 12 to 16
Note: From Sebrena Smith and Sean Swayze.
  • 1 pound bag elbow macaroni
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 pound Velveeta
  • 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/4 cup milk, or to taste
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
  • 8 ounces goat cheese

Step 1Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Cook the macaroni according to the instructions on the package until al dente. Drain.

Step 2While the noodles are cooking, in a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, salt and pepper. Whisk in the sour cream and melted butter.

Step 3Stir the macaroni into the bowl with the egg mixture and set aside.

Step 4In a large saucepan, heat the Velveeta, cream of mushroom soup and the milk over medium heat and cook, stirring frequently, until the Velveeta is melted and incorporated with the soup and milk to form a nice sauce consistency. Add additional milk to thin if the sauce is too thick. Remove from heat.

Step 5Stir the sauce in with the macaroni, then stir in half (1 cup each) of the cheddar and jack cheeses. Place the macaroni mixture into a greased 13-by-9-inch baking dish.

Step 6Spoon the goat cheese in dollops over the macaroni mixture, then sprinkle over the remaining cheddar and jack cheeses.

Step 7Bake until the cheese topping is melted and the sauce is bubbly, about 30 to 40 minutes. Remove and cool slightly before serving.

Each of 16 servings:
458 calories; 20 grams protein; 27 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram fiber; 30 grams fat; 18 grams saturated fat; 110 mg cholesterol; 4 grams sugar; 1,023 mg sodium.
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