3-Cheese Mac & Cheese is a smooth and creamy blend of three cheeses and pasta with a just-right buttery crunch topping. Turn a side dish into a main dish by adding some diced ham, which will bring calm and contentment to the busiest of days.
3-Cheese Mac & Cheese
1 8-ounce package elbow macaroni
1 8-ounce package 2 % shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
3/4 cup small curd low-fat cottage cheese
1 cup fat-free sour cream
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Ground pepper to taste
1 1/4 cups dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
Cook elbow macaroni according to package directions; drain and rinse with hot water. Preheat oven to 350°.
Stir together cooked macaroni, shredded Cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, Parmesan cheese and pepper. Fold into 9″ x 13″ buttered glass baking dish.
In a small bowl, mix together bread crumbs and melted butter; sprinkle crumbs over macaroni mixture.
Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until top is golden brown. Yield: 6 servings
Cook’s Note: To make this a main dish, just add 1 1/2 cups diced ham when macaroni is mixed with cheese. Baking time remains 35 to 40 minutes.