Creamy No-Boil Macaroni and Cheese

Creamy No-Boil Macaroni and Cheese – cottage cheese, milk, dijon mustard, cayenne, nutmeg, salt, pepper, sharp cheddar cheese and macaroni – Everything cooks in the same pan, even the pasta! Can make the cheese mixture ahead of time and add noodles right before baking. Our FAVORITE Mac and Cheese recipe!

Creamy No-Boil Macaroni and Cheese - cottage cheese, milk, dijon mustard, cayenne, nutmeg, salt, pepper, sharp cheddar cheese and macaroni - Everything cooks in the same pan, even the pasta! Can make the cheese mixture ahead of time and add noodles right before baking. Our FAVORITE Mac and Cheese recipe!
Mac and cheese is one of my favorite side dishes.  I believe we actually consider it to be a vegetable in the South.  I found this recipe on the New York Times website.  It caught my eye because it uses cottage cheese and it doesn’t require the noodles to be precooked.  I mixed up the cheese mixture the night before and just added the noodles right before I baked it.  It was so simple to make and it tasted delicious!  It tasted just like Southern macaroni and cheese is suppose to taste.  Don’t worry if you don’t like cottage cheese; I couldn’t taste it.  It just added a really nice creaminess to the whole dish. 
Creamy No-Boil Macaroni and Cheese - cottage cheese, milk, dijon mustard, cayenne, nutmeg, salt, pepper, sharp cheddar cheese and macaroni - Everything cooks in the same pan, even the pasta! Can make the cheese mixture ahead of time and add noodles right before baking. Our FAVORITE Mac and Cheese recipe!

Creamy No-Boil Macaroni and Cheese - cottage cheese, milk, dijon mustard, cayenne, nutmeg, salt, pepper, sharp cheddar cheese and macaroni - Everything cooks in the same pan, even the pasta! Can make the cheese mixture ahead of time and add noodles right before baking. Our FAVORITE Mac and Cheese recipe!
Creamy No-Boil Macaroni and Cheese - cottage cheese, milk, dijon mustard, cayenne, nutmeg, salt, pepper, sharp cheddar cheese and macaroni - Everything cooks in the same pan, even the pasta! Can make the cheese mixture ahead of time and add noodles right before baking. Our FAVORITE Mac and Cheese recipe!

Yield: serves 4 to 6

Creamy No-Boil Mac & Cheese

prep time: 5 MINScook time: 1 hourtotal time: 1 hours and 5 mins

ingredients:

  • 1 cup cottage cheese (not low fat)
  • 2 cups milk (not skim)
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • Pinch cayenne
  • Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound sharp or extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 pound elbow pasta, uncooked

instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Lightly spray a 9-inch pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a food processor or blender, purée cottage cheese, milk, mustard, cayenne, nutmeg and salt and pepper together. 
  3. Reserve 1/4 cup grated cheese for topping. In a large bowl, combine remaining grated cheese, milk mixture and uncooked pasta. 
  4. Pour into prepared pan, cover tightly with foil and bake 30 minutes. 
  5. Uncover pan, stir gently, sprinkle with reserved cheese. Bake, uncovered, 30 minutes more, until browned. Let cool at least 15 minutes before serving.

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  1. The pan size is 9-inch square and you bake it at 375. You can half it. You would need a small dish – maybe a 5-inch dish.

  2. Can I half this recipe? Is the pan size 9×13? It's says cook for 30min but not at what temp. Cooking rookie 🙂

  3. Just out of curiosity, what will happen if this is made with low fat cottage cheese and milk? Will the results vary too greatly?

  4. This looks delicious Steph! Can't wait to try it! I'm a huge sucker for mac & cheese – we even had it at our wedding 🙂

  5. Intriguing! I love that you don't boil the noodles, and that you call this a vegetable. That my dear is a win-win!

  6. Wow Steph I love this recipe. Going to try it tonight. Its easy yet looks and sounds so good. Thanks for sharing.

    Also loved your fajita wraps. I'm a bit behind in reading my email posts and am just catching up. Everything you do on here is a winner!!!

    Nann

  7. I feel sorry for those who are unaware of macaroni and cheese as a vegetable. Poor things don't know what they're missing. This looks delicious, it's been pinned.

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