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Ellie Krieger’s Macaroni and 4 Cheeses

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Hey folks. It’s been a few days. I’m been busy getting ready for school, preparing for my last day at work (August 4th) and cooking a ton. My current focus has been preparing some extra meals that freeze well to use when school starts. I know myself, and even though I like to cook, I only like to do it when I’m “in the mood” to do it, and the mood rarely strikes after a long day that begins before 6am. I thought having a fully stocked freezer of meals able to just be thrown in the oven would help curb that desire to order pizza.

The meal I made Sunday night was one such meal. I made Macaroni and 4 Cheeses from Ellie Krieger. There seemed to be some debate in the reviews of this recipe whether it was macaroni and cheese with a healthy but unnoticed amount of squash, or whether it was macaroni and squash with a bit of cheese. Brent and I felt it was the former. Brent’s opinion, “Yeah, I don’t think I would know there was squash in here if you didn’t tell me.” I thought the amount of squash in the recipe was impressive considering how creamy and cheesy this tasted to me.

I bought several smaller foil pans with cardboard covers from the dollar store for my freezing endeavors. These were about 5×7″ and seemed perfect for 2-4 servings. This recipe made 8 servings and filled up three of these pans. I baked one, and cooled and froze the other 2. Each of these pans is about 3 servings.

HPIM3834I’m such a nerd. I get really excited about tackling new “projects” so I’m currently obsessed with planning, cooking and freezing. Plus, I just love feeling prepared. it helps me feel calmer when I’m anxious about something, like school. I’ve got these pasta dishes in there, 3 different kinds of soup and a few extra loaves of sandwich bread and banana bread.

I would definitely recommend the mac and cheese recipe. I don’t think these photos are doing it justice. It’s very rich and creamy, and a bit spicy from the monterey jack, although I added a bit more cayenne to the cheese sauce mixture as well.

HPIM3835In other news, tomorrow is my blog’s 1st anniversary. Unfortunately I don’t think I have anything exciting planned, certainly nothing as cool as this, but I’ll try to think of something fun.


9 responses »

  1. Wishing you an early happy blogiversary! πŸ˜€

  2. Oh wow, how sweet are you? Thanks for that.

    Happy Blogiversary one day early! I’ve so enjoyed reading your blog over the past year. Keep on doing what you’re doing!

  3. I love Ellie Krieger! When I’ve made macaroni and cheese w/ squash (butternut…), I’ve REALLY tasted it and not entirely liked that. I have to think of it as a different dish in order to enjoy – and then I’m fine. But maybe winter squash would taste a little less distinct?

  4. I will have to bookmark that recipe for this fall, when squash are everywhere, cheap, and I need something new to try them with!

    Speaking of freezing, have you ever made homemade frozen pizza? Stretch out your dough, place on a cookie sheet, top, and freeze until very firm. You can then wrap the pizza in plastic wrap, or slip it in a huge ziploc bag. Bake from frozen just like a storebought pizza, and voila! Come to think of it, I think I should make a couple of those for my house. πŸ™‚

  5. I love Ellie’s recipes and that one sounds fantastic!

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! Good luck preparing for school πŸ™‚

  6. I have always disliked mac and cheese, but this recipe intrigues me. Also, I doubt that it compares to the nasty orange Kraft kind.

  7. Happy early anniversary. I’m going to have to put that on my to make list. I have a feeling my opinion would be like yours of that dish.


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