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Sunday, November 30, 2008

CEiMB: Macaroni and Four Cheeses


Well, here I am, barely under the wire, and getting my post up for this week's Craving Ellie in My Belly recipe, the Macaroni and Four Cheeses, as chosen by Beth at Supplicious.

Our Thanksgiving was good and busy, but has been the past few days after, with all of us now getting the flu, that has put me so far behind.

So, this is going to be sweet and short and my apologies that I don't have anything really intelligent to say. At this point, I'm hoping for coherent. When the fog lifts I hope to be back with a bit more personality.


In the meantime, I made this dish for dinner tonight and thought that it went together very easily. I blame the crack and cheese I usually make for not loving this dish more. The husband really liked it and didn't mind the difference. I really didn't mind the squash in it, and since here in Utah there was no such thing as pureed and frozen winter squash to be found in any of the grocery stores, I cut and roasted a butternut squash and used that. For my cheeses I used an Irish White Cheddar and some good Monterey Jack, plus the ricotta and parmesan.

So, will I make this again? Probably not. I actually really like butternut squash (yes, big surprise!) and would have rather just had it on the side with some regular mac and cheese. Anyway, I am glad I made it and tried it since I had this one bookmarked. If mac and cheese were something we ate more regularly around our house then I would probably try to make it this healthier version. Since we only eat it every once in a while, then I will probably keep it as an indulgence.



Di said...

Well, it looks yummy! The combination of cheeses sounds really good to me. I hope you're all feeling better soon. =)

LaDue & Crew said...

I thought it looked so good! Especially all the "crunch" on top. I'm hungry now... Oh why do I read all this stuff at night?!

Manggy said...

Sorry to hear about the flu, Holly-- I hope you guys recover quickly! :( I think the squash definitely compensates for some loss of creaminess in the healthy-fying of the mac and cheese, but you're right-- if you're gonna have it rarely, it wouldn't hurt to have it the originally sinful way ;)

Jules Someone said...

It looks really good. I'd rather have the squash on the side as well.

What's for Supper? said...

We kind of felt the same way! I like the unhealthy mac and cheese much better.

Jen said...

I agree - the Kraft crack and cheese that I usually eat made it really hard to stomach this lumpy, vegetably, un-cheesy version of mac and cheese. I will most likely not be making this recipe again least not with squash.

Heather B said...

I'm sorry you weren't a fan of it. Your mac looks great though! Mine was very cheesy and I loved the squash added (I used pumpkin).

Hope you feel better soon!

Deborah said...

I agree - mac and cheese is an indulgence every once in awhile. But I guess if you had a kid who would only eat mac and cheese, this would be the way to go!

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