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Cheesy Comfort Food

My cheese-hating boyfriend is on winter break from graduate school and is visiting his family for some Oregon skiing. You read the description correctly: Cheese-hating! I know what you are thinking - "How do you hate cheese?" My answer is, I have no idea, I love cheese! So, I have taken these fews days to make the ultimate cheesy dish: Baked Macaroni and Cheese.

Warning this is not the healthliest recipe that I have ever posted. It might however, be the easiest. This dish is pure comfort. I froze 3/4 of the dish in single size portions so that I wouldn't over indulge and eat the whole thing. (I'd eat this mac an' cheese over candy any day - it's one of my weaknesses.)


2 1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
4 cups milk (I use 2% milk)
8 0z. shredded cheese
3 Tablespoons butter - melted
Fresh ground pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Pour melted butter into 9 x 13 baking dish. Tilt pan to cover bottom with butter.
Pour uncooked macaroni in pan
Scatter cheese evenly on top of macaroni
Gently pour milk over cheese and macaroni
Ground pepper to taste

Bake for 1 hour.

Top will be crusty baked cheese. Bottom will be warm tender buttery macaroni.

After I ate this dish for lunch and dinner for two days., I realized how lucky I am that my boyfriend hates cheese. It would be too tempting to make this dish more often than the once or twice of year when he is out of town.

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