Sweet Mac and Cheese with Wensleydale and Craisins
article & photo by renata haidle
I’d venture to guess that everyone has a favorite mac and cheese recipe, passed down lovingly from moms and grandmas, written in the family cookbook. Mine is no different. In this instance, I took mom’s basic recipe and made a few substitutions, mainly because I had leftover cheeses nobody seemed to want to eat: a few ounces of mild Wensleydale with cranberries past their prime and some cottage cheese left over from a lasagna. This version of mac and cheese is sweet and fruity and comes together in less than an hour. With a bit of creativity, just about any leftovers can be turned into a brand-new dish. Give it a try; who knows; it might become a new family favorite.
- 8 oz short pasta such as elbow, fusilli, penne, gemelli
- 4 oz Wensleydale cheese with cranberries
- 8 oz cottage cheese
- ⅓ Cup Greek yogurt
- ½ Cup sugar
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon lemon extract (or 1 tsp lemon zest)
- ½ Cup craisins
- ½ Tablespoon butter to grease the pan
Makes 4 servings.
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Boil the pasta according to the manufacturer’s directions.
- In a large bowl, mix the remaining ingredients (except for the butter) until combined.
- Incorporate the cooked pasta.
- Pour the mixture into a greased 9-inch round cake pan and bake for 30 minutes or until the top is golden.
Serve either hot or cold.
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