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Nacho Mama’s Macaroni and Cheese

on 02/15/2012

During my hiatus from posting, i missed the one birthday celebration i should not have missed.  Without this person, i’m not sure where i or this blog would be.  This is the single most influential person in my culinary life.  That’s right.  My Mama.  Back on January 8th when i was slacking off, she had a birthday.  This is a very late post in honor of her special day.  Her and Elvis, that is.  And it wasn’t that i didn’t think about it that day.  The problem was…i just couldn’t decide!  Honestly!  How do you take the world’s best cook and sum them up with one recipe???  Truly, i could not narrow down all her amazing dishes and choose one.  With that being the case, i offer you one that is not even hers.

I tweak.  My brother tweaks.  My eldest child tweaks and given time, the youngest will too.  We can’t help it.  It’s in our blood.  We got it from Mama.  She knows how to take a recipe and just make it better.  It’s like her incredible ability to play the piano by ear.  You can start to hum a song and she instinctively knows where it’s going.  Unfortunately, that was not passed on and i’m not sure why.  That would’ve been nice to have.  But i’ll stick with the food tweaking and be grateful for it.  All that to say this: i found this Mac-n-Cheese recipe on Pinterest and pinned that puppy right away!  At f first, i thought i’d tweak it to make it healthier (called for 1 1/2 sticks of butter, for one thing!)  In the end, i’m not sure if it’s healthier but, BABY! it is the best mac i’ve ever eaten.  A notorious macaroni eater in this household was seen swiping a very large spoonful of it before it could get into the oven, if that tells you anything.  And…it has a “secret” ingredient. :0)  If you make this, see if your taste-testers can figure it out.  If you know it’s there, it’s obvious, but i had my crew fooled.

Happy Belated Birthday to the World’s Best Mama and Cook!!!  You know how we always talk about Granny’s Chicken and Dumplings and Aunt Vera’s Chocolate Pie and so on and so forth?  We have so many favorite dishes for you, we’ll have to make a cookbook for them all.  LOVE YOU!!!

Nacho Mama’s Macaroni and Cheese

1 box (16 oz) elbow macaroni

1 can  Cream of Cheese soup, undiluted

1 can evaporated milk

1 can coconut milk   :0)

1/2 stick butter

1 tsp Adobe Picante (chipotle) spice or chili powder

2 cups Pepper Jack cheese

3 cups Sharp cheddar cheese

Topping:  2 Tbs each of masa harina or cornmeal and Romano cheese with 1/2 tsp of chili powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cook pasta until done but still firm.  Drain and set aside.

In the same pot that pasta was cooked in, cook butter, soup, milks, and spice over medium-low heat until warmed thoroughly and mixed well.  Add drained pasta back in, mixing well.

Add cheeses a bit at the time until well incorporated.

Pour macaroni into a greased 9 x 13 pan.  Sprinkle topping across the top.

Bake 40–45 minutes.

Nacho Mama's Macaroni and Cheese

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