Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Extreme Mac & Cheese Challenge

Wanna know how it works?  Go here to see all the details!!

Otherwise, join me on my journey won't you please?!?!

I started out by just googling mac & cheese recipes blog so that I made sure to find a blog featuring Mac & Cheese and being the Mac & Cheese Connoisseur that I claim to be I stumbled across a bunch of different recipes that looked super yummy!  But then this one, caught my eye, I found it on Kevin and Amanda.

Start with 2 cups of penne noodles.  I used the multi-colored ones because we're getting away from "white" pastas at my house, as well as white breads really.

We added some EVOO to our water just so the noodles wouldn't stick together.  And of course added salt to flavor the pasta.

While that is all going on, coat a small baking dish with some non-stick spray.

And dump your noodles in when the water comes to a boil.  Truthfully I should have used a bigger pan, but I couldn't find it.  

Once the noodles are done drain the water.

Place half the cooked noodles into the shallow dish.

Top them with a couple pats of butter (aka a couple tablespoons)

1/4 tsp Kosher Salt

And about a cup of Colby Monterrey Jack cheese.

Then place in the rest of the noodles.

ack!  Noodle overboard!  We had 2 casualties that night :(. haha

Followed by a couple more tablespoons of butter.

And the rest of the cheese.

Then we added pepper which the recipe didn't call for but we like pepper in our Mac & cheese.  Then 3/4 to 1 cup of milk or 1/3 of the bottom of the dish.

Place in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.

And here is the yummy, cheesy, goodness.

My only suggestion is with 30 minutes, I wound up burning some noodles so I'll cut back 10 minutes off the cooking time next time.

But other than that, it was delish and super easy!  Also a quick fix.

I served mine with a jalapeno cheese hotdog.

Print the recipe


Also shared with Simply Delish Saturday!


  1. Looks fantastic! And so easy! My combination of flavors =o)

  2. Hi Nicole,
    Your recipe for Mac N Cheese looks fabulous! Hope you are having a great week and thanks for sharing.
    Miz Helen

  3. Holy Mac & Cheese! I made shells and cheese (from a box) this weekend with my niece and nephews. I added some cubed ham and bacon crumbles to it. We all loved it! Even the little 1 year old couldn't eat it fast enough.
    Now I want some mac and cheese! :)

  4. Hey Hey Hey! I love that casserole dish!! And I love the fact that you add EVOO to the water! I do to :) Love the recipe!

    Stopping by from the MACARONI & CHEESE Linky Party through Moms Crazy Cooking

  5. Mmm Mac and Cheese is one of my fave dishes!

  6. Love the multi colored pasta, looks delicious.

    My Crazy Cooking Challenge entry: Velvety Mac & Cheese.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  7. Hi I found your blog on the crazy cooking challenge. You have a great blog looks so yummy :) Check out my food blog

  8. wow! a lot of varieties! The one you picked looks quick and easy, but I like my old standby

  9. I adore flavored pastas, and amazing mac & cheese. YUM!

  10. That pasta looks yummy! I also adore that dish you used!

    Stopping by on my way through the links from Moms Cooking Challenge!

  11. Love your use of tri colored pasta. Lovely dish. This was my first time joining the CCC - can't wait for next month's challenge.


  12. Love the colored noodles and I like Kevin and Amanda too!

    Thanks for joining CCC, I can't wait for next month, Chocolate Chip Cookies, YEA!

  13. I have never seen mac and cheese made that way - very cool!

    Crazy Cooking Challenge: Beer Mac and Cheese
    Mangoes and Chutney|Foodie Forums

  14. As usual, looks amazing! I'm avoiding checking any more of the mac & cheese recipes listed, though...DIETS SUCK!! haha!! :)

  15. Oh, my this looks so yummy. I love your yellow cookware.

  16. Looks good.

    We'd love you to share your recipes with us at
    Simply Delish Saturday

    Have a great weekend.

  17. Oh wow. :D By the way, I remember some noodles, long ago, which were also colored and tasted like different vegetables. As for your recipe - <3

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