Italian Elbow Mac-N-Cheese

Today is National Prime Rib Day. Now I know what you are thinking, Italian Mac and Cheese is a far cry from a beautiful Prime Rib. And you would be right. While Hubby and I are far from rich, we manage and can even indulge for the right reasons when it comes to the food budget.

For the right reasons. I did a little research. First off, these days you can’t just walk into your local grocery store and find a true Prime Rib Roast just waiting in the meat counter. Sure, I’ve seen them around Christmas time, but the rest of the year Prime Rib tends to be something you either eat at a restaurant or have shipped from places like the Kansas City Steak Company or Omaha Steaks. The least expensive I found was a 4-pound roast shipped through Amazon for a mere $125.00. And a bone-in Frenched Prime Rib Roast can set you back as much as $200.00. Yeah, I like Prime Rib – it reminds me of dinners at home as a child. But I can think of other things I like better. My advise is go out for dinner – let someone else not only cook the Prime Rib, but serve it and do the dishes. We’ve got a great steak place in the next town over that will cook up a 16-ounce serving of Prime Rib with all the fixings for just $35.00. That’s enough to share if you ask me.

Today is also Nation Gummi Bear Day. I’ve never been a fan of gummy candies. Hubby has yet to outgrow his yearning for those fruity treats. Generally when we take a road trip (as in leave the state), a bag of Gummi Bears makes the journey. Did you know that Haribo’s Gold-bears (the first Gummi Bears) is now 101? And it all began with a frustrated factory worker in Germany in 1920 who was looking for a better life for his family. The creator of Gummi Bears died in World War II, never to know what became of his kitchen cottage business.

It’s Thursday. In our house, Thursdays usually mean something Italian. While Mac and Cheese really isn’t Italian, what is are the cheeses used. When coupled with eggs and milk to create a cheese-custard sauce, this dish is rich beyond rich. National Days come and go, are always fun to acknowledge, but for me the most important thing at the end of the day is that my family is happy and fed. Mac and Cheese makes my guys happy.

Have a blessed and beautiful Thursday everyone!

Italian Elbow Mac-N-Cheese
2 cups Elbow Macaroni
1-1/2 cups Parmesan Cheese, divided
1-1/2 cups Italian Blend cheese, divided
1/2 cup Mozzarella Cheese
4 Eggs, beaten
2 cups Milk

Heat oven to 350-degrees. Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray, set aside.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a full, rapid boil. Cook macaroni al dente according to package directions. Drain pasta well.

In a large mixing bowl, toss 1/2 cup of Mozzarella Cheese with 1 cup each of the Parmesan and Italian shredded cheeses together, set aside. In a small bowl, with an emersion blender, beat eggs together, pour eggs over the cheese blend. Add milk, whisk to blend. Stir in the drained pasta. Pour macaroni into the prepared casserole dish. Cover with foil.

Place casserole in the heated oven to bake for 30 minutes. While the pasta bakes, blend together the remain half-cup of each shredded cheese, set aside.

Uncover pasta, top with remaining cheese blend. Continue to bake another 10 minutes or so, until the top is browned and the cheesy-custard has fully set.

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Author: Rosemarie's Kitchen

I'm a wife, mother, grandmother and avid home cook.I believe in eating healthy whenever possible, while still managing to indulge in life's pleasures.

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