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My Favorite Comfort Food – Mac and Cheese

My mother liked to make recipes her own by switching out ingredients.  I was happy with that blue and yellow Kraft box of macaroni and cheese, but her homemade version did have more style and there were always leftovers…

Macaroni and Cheese from Grandmom’s Secret Recipes


1 box small shells, spirals, or bows – cooked al dente (chewy); 1 stick butter (8 tbsp); 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil; 1/4 cup flour; 1 tsp nutmeg; 2 cups milk; 1 cup Ricotta cheese; 1 pound shredded mozzarella  cheese; 1/2 cup Romano cheese, finely grated; 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil; 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley


Melt the butter in a large saucepan over low heat.  Slowly add flour, salt, pepper, and nutmeg.  Stir constantly for 2 minutes or until bubbly.  Gradually stir in the milk, stirring  until well blended.  Raise the heat to bring the mixture begins to a boil, stirring constantly.  Then, lower to simmer for 5 minutes, until sauce is thick.

Mix together the cooked pasta, white sauce, olive oil, basil, parsley, and three cheeses.  Bake in a large casserole dish at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes – until bubbly.