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Southern Style Baked Macaroni & Cheese

My kids are huge lovers of macaroni and cheese. HUGE. And it cannot be the boxed Kraft Macaroni and Cheese with the powder cheese. Oh no. These spoiled kids are too good for powdered cheese. They want the real deal. I experimented with different recipes and ingredients for years until I finally hit on to the perfect combination. My kids request this macaroni and cheese at least twice a week. Don’t worry, I don’t make it for them twice a week. I make it twice a month and I make 2 pans at a time because they gobble this up like hungry vultures. This is a really versatile macaroni recipe. Sometimes I add ham, other times I add sausage, or shrimp…or just plain macaroni as a side dish when we grill burgers and brats! 

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Ingredients:
1 box elbow noodles
8 oz cottage cheese
12 oz sour cream
1 cup shredded Pepper Jack cheese*
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Directions:
1. Boil noodles as directed on package; drain.
2. In baking dish sprayed with cooking spray, combine cooked noodles, cottage cheese, sour cream, shredded Pepper Jack cheese and 1 1/2 cups of sharp cheddar cheese.
3. Optional: Add sliced sausage, diced ham, or shredded chicken.
4. Top with remaining sharp cheddar cheese.
5. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

*My family likes a little spice so I use Pepper Jack cheese. You can substitute Colby Jack if you’d prefer. I’ve made it both ways and it’s equally delicious!

This is the dish I typically make whenever we go to any pot lucks or cookouts. It’s always a crowd pleaser and it makes a bunch. 

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