Garlic Mac and Cheese from Awesome on 20

Garlic Mac and Cheese

Garlic Mac and Cheese from Awesome on 20

A peek at my pretty little blog calendar will tell you that, according to some random website I forgot, today is National Cheese Lovers Day. I got so excited about the existence of such a day that I almost considered forgiving Congress for it’s complete impotence. Then I thought better of it and decided I’m still mad at them. But at least we can almost all agree that cheese is awesome.

I love all kinds of cheese from the parm that tops my Italian food like nutty pixie dust, to an oozing gorgeous brie topped off with something sweet and crunchy, and even the funkiest bleu cheese. I’ll try them all. There’s something so heavenly about what is essentially moldy milk. I don’t care. It’s brilliant.

Garlic Mac and Cheese from Awesome on 20

That’s why I had to make you this garlic mac and cheese today. After a plain old cheese tray, gooey cheesy pasta is probably the best way to enjoy cheese in all it’s glory.

This mac and cheese is infused with garlic and has over half a pound of cheese in total. You can use any combination of cheeses you like, cheddar, Monterrey jack, Swiss, or even colby would work. I usually just check the door of my fridge and see what I have lying around. This time I used cheddar and Monterrey Jack, along with an ounce of shredded parm. It was gooey and wonderful.

Garlic Mac and Cheese from Awesome on 20

Recipes that allow you to use up leftovers are cheap and easy. And this one is full of cheese, so we all win. Happy Cheese Lovers Day!

Garlic Mac and Cheese
Serves 6
A garlic-infused baked mac and cheese that will make your cheesy heart sing.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
12 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
12 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 pound of your favorite short pasta, whatever's in your pantry
  2. 1 tablespoon butter
  3. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 1 can evaporated milk (I used fat free because that's all they had at the store)
  5. 3 eggs
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  7. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  8. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  9. 8 ounces shredded cheese such as cheddar and/or Monterrey Jack
  10. 1 ounce shredded parmesan
Instructions
  1. Put a large pot of water on to boil. Once your water is boiling add a teaspoon of salt and your pasta. Cook for 6 minutes and drain. Pasta will be al dente.
  2. In the meantime, preheat your oven to 475 and lightly spray a 2 quart casserole dish.
  3. In a small skillet over medium heat, melt butter and saute garlic for about a minute. It will brown lightly and become fragrant. Garlic burns quickly, so don't walk away.
  4. Add the garlic and butter, evaporated milk, eggs, and seasonings to a large mixing bowl. Whisk until everything's combined. Stir in cheeses.
  5. Add your drained pasta to the cheese mixture and stir everything together. Transfer the mac and cheese to your baking dish and bake for about 12 minutes or until it starts to become brown and bubbly around the edge.
  6. Allow to cool for ten minutes before eating so you won't burn yourself on molten cheese. Dig in and enjoy!
Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker
Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker
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17 thoughts to “Garlic Mac and Cheese”

  1. Oh, I could write a sonnet to cheese. 🙂 This looks delicious and I will be pinning it for sure! I love the concept of your page! I’m Nicole and I blog over at 365(ish) Days of Pinterest. We are in a SITS tribe together. I look forward to more tasty recipes 🙂

  2. Yay for cheese! I say the more cheese the better. What a fantastic version of macaroni and cheese you have here. Can’t wait to try it.

    p.s. – I’m visiting from our SITS tribe and look forward to getting to know your blog better

  3. Your garlic mac and cheese looks delicious! My family loves dishes like this one. I’ll have to make it this weekend for them. 🙂 I’m Deanna from Gloriously Made and am in your SITs tribe. I look forward to getting to know you better this week.
    Deanna

  4. My son LOVES mac & cheese, but I’m a total failure at making it. I’m always looking to try a new recipe. I am from your new SITS tribe and am looking forward to learning How to be Awesone on $20 a Day!

    1. This recipe is so easy because it uses evaporated milk instead of making a roux. You should give it a try! Thanks for stopping by.

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