Monday, February 16, 2009

Three Cheese Macaroni

Macaroni and Cheese is the ultimate comfort food, and this dish is a real indulgence!  Any type of pasta will work, but I love how every inch of the penne pasta is covered, inside and out for this yummy, cheesy side dish.

Makes 8-10 Side Dish Servings

12 oz Penne Pasta
1 1/2 Cups Milk
1/4 Cup melted Butter
1/2 tsp Ground White Pepper
1/4 tsp Salt
8 oz American Cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
8 oz Shard Cheddar Cheese, Shredded (2 cups)
2 oz Mozzarella, shredded (1/2 Cup)
20 Ritz Crackers, crushed

1. Preheat over to 350 degrees. In a large pot cook pasta according to directions, drain and return to pot.

2. Add milk, butter, pepper, and salt. Stir in Cheeses. Transfer to a greased 2 quart casserole dish.

3. Bake uncovered for 15 minutes. Carefully stir mixture. Sprinkle with crushed crackers and bake 5 more minutes or until crackers are browned and mixture is heated through. (Don't overcook or mixture will curdle) Let stand 10 minutes before serving.