Usually I make mac & cheese using a roux and then adding the cheese to that before mixing in with the macaroni. This recipe caught my eye because it is different and easier in that it isn't necessary to cook the sauce. Also, I had a container of sour cream that needed to be used. So, it was the perfect recipe. We loved this -- I have to say that I was very pleasantly surprised the way it turned out as I was sceptical of no roux/cheese sauce. I followed the recipe for the most part, although I sautéed diced onion and a red bell pepper, also diced, to add to the mixture. I had some tomatoes that needed to be used so I chopped those roughly and included them (peeled them first). I did not have cottage cheese so I used plain yoghurt as another person did. We loved the flavour of the sour cream and yoghurt. It gave it a very subtle tang, not overpowering, but just so that you were like, mmmm, what is this I'm tasting? Very, very good. I used about the amount of cheese called for, maybe a little more. I did sprinkle some on top as called for in the recipe. I also sprinkled paprika all over the top. Not only did the dish taste really good, it looked terrific when I took it out of the oven. Because I made it ahead and had it in the refrigerator, before I put it in the oven, I put about a half a cup or more of milk in. I just poured some slowly over the top of the casserole. It worked perfectly and the macaroni and cheese was moist, not dry at all. Recommend this.
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Usually I make mac & cheese using a roux and then adding the cheese to that before mixing in...