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Grandma's Mac and Cheese

Grandma’s Mac and Cheese

Ingredients
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1-1/3 cups 2% milk
2/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2/3 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1-1/2 cups cooked elbow macaroni

Directions
In a saucepan, melt butter. Stir in the flour, salt, mustard and pepper until smooth; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened. Reduce heat. Add the cheeses and Worcestershire sauce; stir until cheese is melted. Fold in macaroni.

Pour into a 1-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 10-15 minutes or until bubbly. Yield: 2 servings.

Recipe found here: Grandma’s Mac and Cheese

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Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (10-oz.) block extra sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (optional)
1/2 (16-oz.) package elbow macaroni, cooked

Preparation
1. WHISK FLOUR INTO BUTTER

Preheat oven to 400°. Microwave milk at HIGH for 1 1/2 minutes. Melt butter in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium-low heat; whisk in flour until smooth. Cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute.

2. WHISK IN WARM MILK

Gradually whisk in warm milk, and cook, whisking constantly, 5 minutes or until thickened.

3. WHISK IN CHEESE

Whisk in salt, black pepper, 1 cup shredded cheese, and, if desired, red pepper until smooth; stir in pasta. Spoon pasta mixture into a lightly greased 2-qt. baking dish; top with remaining cheese. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until golden and bubbly.

Recipe found here: Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese

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Seafood Bisque

Seafood Bisque

Ingredients
2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of celery soup, undiluted
2-2/3 cups 2% milk
4 green onions, chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1-1/2 pounds uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 can (6 ounces) crabmeat, drained, flaked and cartilage removed
1 jar (4-1/2 ounces) whole mushrooms, drained
3 tablespoons Madeira wine or chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Thinly sliced green onions, optional

Directions
In a Dutch oven, combine the first eight ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; add the shrimp, crab and mushrooms. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Stir in the wine, salt and pepper; cook 2-3 minutes longer. Top with onions if desired. Yield: 10 servings (2-1/2 quarts).

Recipe found here: Seafood Bisque

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Mushroom-Swiss Mac & Cheese

Mushroom-Swiss Mac & Cheese

Ingredients
1 package (16 ounces) mini penne pasta
1/2 pound baby portobello mushrooms, chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced

SAUCE:
5 tablespoons butter
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
1-1/4 cups whole milk
1-1/4 cups half-and-half cream
2-1/2 cups (10 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
1-1/4 cups grated Parmesan and Romano cheese blend
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

TOPPING:
1/3 cup panko (Japanese) bread crumbs
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
2 tablespoons butter, melted

Directions
Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute mushrooms and onion in butter and oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Set aside.

For sauce, in a large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in cream cheese until smooth. Gradually add milk and cream; heat through. Stir in the cheeses, salt and pepper until blended. Stir in bacon.

Drain pasta; toss with mushroom mixture and sauce. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.

Combine the bread crumbs, parsley and melted butter; sprinkle over mixture. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe found here: Mushroom-Swiss Mac & Cheese

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salisbury steak

The Very Best Salisbury Steak

Ingredients
1 (10 1/2 ounce) cans Campbell’s French onion soup
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/4 cup ketchup
1 -3 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, to taste
1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
1/4 cup water

Directions
In a large bowl, mix together 1/3 cup condensed French onion soup with ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, salt and black pepper.

Shape into 6 oval patties.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown both sides of patties.

Pour off excess fat.

In a small bowl, blend flour and remaining soup until smooth.

Mix in ketchup, water, Worcestershire sauce and mustard powder.

Pour over meat in skillet.

Cover, and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Serves 6

Note: I add mushrooms in the gravy.

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Slow Cooker Pizza Casserole

Slow Cooker Pizza Casserole

Ingredients
1 package (16 ounces) rigatoni or large tube pasta
1-1/2 pounds ground turkey or beef
1 small onion, chopped
4 cups (16 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
2 cans (15 ounces each) pizza sauce
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1 package (8 ounces) sliced pepperoni

Directions
Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.

Drain pasta; place in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the beef mixture, cheese, pizza sauce, soup and pepperoni. Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours or until heated through. Yield: 12-14 servings.

Recipe found here: Slow Cooker Pizza Casserole

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Asian Noodle Toss

Asian Noodle Toss

Ingredients
8 ounces uncooked thin spaghetti
1 package (10 ounces) julienned carrots
1 package (8 ounces) sugar snap peas
2 cups cubed cooked chicken
1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, undrained
1/2 cup stir-fry sauce

Directions
Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Stir in carrots and peas; cook 1 minute longer. Drain; place in a bowl. Add the chicken, oranges and stir-fry sauce; toss to coat. Yield: 5 servings.

Recipe found here: Asian Noodle Toss

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