Merry Christmas! I’ve decided to gift you time! Well, I mean, I’m going to save you time. Traditional Macaroni and Cheese recipes usually involve making a bechamel or a multi-step mix, melt, transfer, then bake, or all of the above. I’m not saying it’s not worth it. Some of those recipes are great and I love ones with a light and crunchy bread crumb topping. Don’t throw those out. But, and this is a very big BUTT, sometimes you want Mac & Cheese right now, like fingers snapped, ta-daa!

It makes most sense when you’re alone and you just want a quick one person snack or meal. Maybe your screaming toddler really wants Mac & Cheese. Short of grabbing the box mix, tasty, but full of crap, you don’t know a quicker solution, until now. I know this because I developed this recipe/method as a solution for my own needs.

Merry Christmas Macaroni Cheese

When I first began wanting a quick mac & cheese, I started to just melt some cheese, whatever was in the fridge, on pasta. It was ok since melted cheese is never bad, but it didn’t quite satisfy that craving. I soon discovered that melting brie give it that luscious creamy texture, similar to what a bechamel sauce does. However, using just brie, the flavor won’t be right. I added some cheddar for sharpness and Lon applauded. After a few more tries, I’ve decided that my favorite quick combo is brie and American cheese, a little sweeter than cheddar. To help the melting and mixing in the pot, a little liquid helps, yet sometimes I didn’t have milk on hand. Chicken broth works just as well. So try it out and let me know what you think! Save time and enjoy more family and friends this holiday! Merry Christmas!

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Last Minute Mac & Cheese
~for one

  • 4 oz dry campanelle pasta (or another cool shape)
  • 3 (1″) cubes of brie (without rinds)
  • 1/2 cup shredded American cheese
  • 1 tablespoon milk or chicken broth
  • dash of white pepper

Instructions –

Cook pasta according to box instructions. Drain and return to the pot and turn the heat down to very low. Add brie, American cheese, milk/broth and stir until melted and well distributed. Sprinkle with a dash of white pepper. Stir and serve immediately.

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