Macaroni and Cheese


A couple of years ago I made a macaroni and cheese to take to a barbecue in Villiers-Louis, France, deep country.  I made this casserole in a sort of can’t be bothered way but the French loved it!  I used 3 different French cheeses (reblochon, tomme de savoie, comte) and creme fraiche.  I also mixed in some red bell pepper and onion.  It was good, so I thought of making a reasonable facsimile today with the cheeses that are available in Pennsylvania, USA.


Surprisingly, it was difficult to find cheese that wasn’t reduced or low fat!  Ditto for the sour cream (I substituted this for the creme fraiche).  I like all the fat that’s supposed to be in my milk products.  In the case of a particularly rich dish, I eat less of it, but I want all the flavor of the unadulterated product.  The same goes for butter.


In the end, I had to settle for reduced fat cheddar, but normal monterey jack and mozzarella.  The cheddar was an accident.  My eyes were so glazed over from looking for normal cheddar that this one slipped by me.  There was one container of normal sour cream left.  I snapped that up!  I think I have to make a bi-weekly visit to Wegmans in Scranton.


I do most of my shopping at the local Weis Supermarket.  They offer both local and some organic vegetables and fruit.  Fresh and pretty.  And sometimes you can find meat that is organic/grass fed/free range.  Like these lovely center cut pork chops.


I baked these in my usual way; salt, pepper, flour, butter in the pan.  Marvelous!


Macaroni and Cheese

1/2 onion, chopped

1 red bell pepper, diced

2 tbsp butter

1 lb small elbow macaroni, cooked

1/2 cup monterey jack cheese, grated

1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, grated

1 cup cheddar cheese, grated

1 1/2 cup sour cream

Bread crumbs

Saute the onion and bell pepper in the butter until the onion is soft, then toss with the hot macaroni.  Add the monterey jack, the mozzarella, 1/2 cup of the cheddar and the sour cream.  Stir to blend well.  Pour the mixture into a baking pan and top with the rest of the cheddar, then the bread crumbs.

Bake in a 425 F oven for about 30 minutes.


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54 Responses to Macaroni and Cheese

  1. Amanda says:

    Yum, your mac looks perfect. I had some for lunch today. It really is a secret favorite of mine. Look at that crust! Perfect!

  2. Lovely meal, great to see your version of mac n cheese, great with those beautiful pork steaks.

  3. wdugln says:

    Looks amazingly delicious!

  4. Bread crumbs on top! Next time I make mac cheese I am definitely putting breadcrumbs on top!
    Nice 🙂

  5. cecilia says:

    That is much simpler, I make a three cheese sauce and pour it over.. lack of good dairy here is why I milk my own cow! have a lovely weekend.. c

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  7. Trish says:

    hopefully with new studies showing that consuming ‘fat’ (in moderation) isn’t what actually makes a person fat, Americans will be willing to experience the gorgeousness of full fat cheese. I adore mac and cheese – am looking forward to trying this version.

  8. Tosca Teklu says:

    Scrumptious. Delicious, indubitably. Nice blog, indeed.

  9. AnotherDish says:

    This looks really good — I love the red bell pepper in it.

  10. Nice. It’s seems so simple and looks delicious.

  11. Serena says:

    So wonderful for the soul! Great picture too!

  12. definitely deliious and comforting meals!!!

  13. Conor Bofin says:

    Very nice. Very American. I have never cooked one. I must rectify that.

  14. We always do a bechamel sauce and it’s nice, but not super creamy. I’ll have to give this one a shot.

  15. Sharon says:

    It’s amazing how a simple dish can have so many variants – in the Bahamas they make it with evaporated milk & peas and it’s oh so solid!

  16. This looks delicious…I keep passing it on my WP feed and can’t resist staring at it! Must try the recipe!

  17. Dr. Dee says:

    I miss good old cheese! Looks Yummy!

  18. Jody and Ken says:

    Tough to beat the classics. The looks really good, but the French one sounds amazing. Ken

  19. Yummy, I’ll have to get some cheese now and try this – so much easier than the bechamel version! Less washing up too and quicker to make, to ticks all the boxes for me.

  20. reggiorif says:

    Next time I make a pasta bake I’ll try yours… besides me, I can already think of more than a few friends who will have come back for more helpings of this Mac and Cheese 😉

  21. You can’t beat Mac n Cheese!

  22. sarahgiebens says:

    I love macaroni and cheese! Yours looks so good

  23. Mad Dog says:

    You are definitely back in Kansas now 😉

  24. Foodsaurus says:

    Yum! Would love to try this!

  25. good,….

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