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Old 11-17-2006, 12:21 PM   #11
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Steph, I'm with KE on making your own MNC. If you go with the boxed, you could add a can of Rotel, spinach, and/or proscuitto/ham/bacon or French's fried onions.

I make either a white sauce/bechamel or add in different cheeses like Gruyere and fresh tomatoes. My fave is a Caprese pasta salad -- cooked pasta, fresh basil, evoo, fresh buffalo mozzarella or boccocini (sp) & freshly-ground black pepper. Another fave is a Greek rendition (i.e. similar to Pastitsio) - Feta cheese and oregano. Another goodie - prepare the mac, and add freshly grated Parm regianno with butter, salt & pepper - add fresh basil.
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Steph, I'm with KE on making your own MNC. If you go with the boxed, you could add a can of Rotel, spinach, and/or proscuitto/ham/bacon or French's fried onions.

I make either a white sauce/bechamel or add in different cheeses like Gruyere and fresh tomatoes. My fave is a Caprese pasta salad -- cooked pasta, fresh basil, evoo, fresh buffalo mozzarella or boccocini (sp) & freshly-ground black pepper. Another fave is a Greek rendition (i.e. similar to Pastitsio) - or use Feta cheese and oregano. Many, many ways to go.
Mish - homemade is the best that's for sure.

I can't believe you mentioned that Caprese pasta salad - I made the EXACT same thing all summer except for my "dressing" I combined, in a food processor, fresh garlic, kosher salt, evoo, and fresh basil - made that my dressing. We would get together for cookouts and was always a hit - as the simple things usually are!!!! My favorite pasta for this dish was radiattore - you make me crave it right now!!!!!!!
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Old 11-17-2006, 12:35 PM   #13
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Mish - homemade is the best that's for sure.

I can't believe you mentioned that Caprese pasta salad - I made the EXACT same thing all summer except for my "dressing" I combined, in a food processor, fresh garlic, kosher salt, evoo, and fresh basil - made that my dressing. We would get together for cookouts and was always a hit - as the simple things usually are!!!! My favorite pasta for this dish was radiattore - you make me crave it right now!!!!!!!
Life doesn't get much better than Caprese Sounds like you did a pesto Caprese. I'm likin' it!!! Could you pass me the garlic bread? LOL Now I'm thinking, toss in some toasted pine nuts. YUM.
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Kind of pesto - it was very thin and only those 3 ingredients (minus the pine nuts, Parmesan, and lime juice, which I add to my pesto and boy is it good!

(sorry, steph - I won't hijack your thread - mish, later I will PM you a great panino I do.
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Old 11-17-2006, 12:51 PM   #15
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Kind of pesto - it was very thin and only those 3 ingredients (minus the pine nuts, Parmesan, and lime juice, which I add to my pesto and boy is it good!

(sorry, steph - I won't hijack your thread - mish, later I will PM you a great panino I do.
I like the sound of the lime juice, elf. It's still mac n cheese, as long as there's cheese in there I adore pasta, and I will go thru my recipes. Think I have a mac n cheese bruschetta. Will post when I can.

A tip, if you are a garlic lover -- rub the serving bowls with a cut clove of garlic. When you serve the hot pasta (and cheese) in the bowls, the pasta will absorb the garlic flavor/taste.

Or - Make a cream sauce of heavy cream, shallots, garlic and fresh grated parm regianno.
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Old 11-17-2006, 01:13 PM   #16
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My kids used to love boxed Mac & Cheese with a can of chili without beans and some frozen or canned corn. Then I'd grate a little extra cheese on top and put it in the oven for a few. It's still a favorite. Also a can of diced tomatoes would be good especially with some diced pepperoni.

Home made mac & cheese is so easy - My Mom would just dump the cooked macaroni into a buttered baking dish, pour a can of evaporated milk on top, and stir in grated cheese along with some salt and a lot of pepper. She put some extra cheese on top and baked at 350 until bubbly and starting to brown on top. Super easy - and way better than the box.
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Old 11-17-2006, 01:17 PM   #17
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We have family who add a can of tuna to their mac n cheese.
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Ham,
Mushrooms

or a can of drained tomatoes
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I usually put some buttered bread crumbs and sliced tomatoes, with some fresh basil on them, and then pop it into the oven....makes boxed stuff tasty
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Chicken, broccoli and some curry powder. Homemade doesn't take long and it's much better.
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