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Smoked Cheddar Mac & Cheese Recipe

By premes
Total Time: 45 | Active Time: | Makes: 8

Smoked cheese and fire roasted tomatoes give this mac & cheese a twist on this favorite comfort food.

INGREDIENTS
  • 3 cups uncooked elbow macaroni (12 oz)
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups oz smoked Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup smoked mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 14.5 oz cans fire roasted diced tomatoes, well drained
  • 1/4 cup diced green onions. 4 or 5
  • 1/4 cup grated or shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. 1. Cook macaroni as directed on box. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 13×9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. In 2-quart saucepan, heat cream, milk, mustard, salt and red pepper, pepper to just boiling. Immediately reduce to a simmer, whisk in stir in Cheddar, mozzarella cheeses till smooth.
  3. Pour sauce over macaroni, and mix in green onions and tomatoes. Pour into baking dish. In a separate bowl, mix Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs, then stir in oil. Sprinkle this mixture evenly over top of macaroni mixture.
  4. Bake uncovered 15 – 20 minutes till bubbly, and golden brown.

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