8 ounces elbow macaroni 2 eggs 3/4 cup whole milk 1/2 cup half and half 1/2 cup heavy cream 1/2 teaspoon chopped parsley 1/4 teaspoon sugar 1 pinch cayenne pepper 3/4 teaspoon sea salt 1/2 tablespoon dry ranch salad dressing mix 10 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, grated 5 ounces Monterey jack cheese, grated 5 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Cook the macaroni according to package directions, drain and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs. Add the milk, half and half, cream, parsley, sugar, cayenne, salt and ranch powder and mix until well blended. Add the macaroni, cheddar, Monterey Jack and Parmesan cheeses and mix until fully incorporated. Pour into a large baking dish. Cover the dish with plastic wrap, then cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
Maybe I've just only had "meh" mac and cheese before because I never thought much about it. Made this recipe yesterday and was blown away. I liked the combination of cheeses and I think the ranch mix and sugar changed the flavor enough that it was really impressive. I'll be making this again very soon!
Jan 18, 2013
Like everyone, I've eaten hundreds of Mac 'n Cheeses, but I've never been to the OK Cafe. For this dish alone, though, I'd be a steady customer! It's delicious....and as a "copycat", it's easy, I had all the ingredients anyway, it's only about 45 minutes from scratch to done, and did I say it was delicious? I got a couple of bites, but husband and two kids ate it ALL and practically licked the dish! This one's a keeper, friends.
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