For Today's Shirley J Wed-nes-day (see it rhymes!) I wanted to give the White Cheddar Cheese Base a try. On Sunday, my husband was craving some macaroni and cheese and set out to make it using a Shirley J product. He decided on the White Cheddar Base, so I'll be sharing his recipe.
First let me tell ya a little bit about the White Cheddar Cheese Base. This add-water base is very similar to Shirley J's flagship product, the Signature Cream Soup Base in purpose...it just has a different flavor profile with an exceptional White Cheddar taste! You can make anything from soups to gravies and sauces to mac and cheese! It's super easy and best of all it doesn't break or curdle when you make it, reheat it or freeze it!
The Hub's 3 Cheese Mac n' Cheese
Ingredients:2 cups water
1 cup Shirley J White Cheddar Base
12 oz elbow macaroni
1 onion, diced
1 TB butter
1 1/4 cup cheddar cheese
1 cup mozzarella cheese
dash of red pepper flakes
1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
Prepare macaroni, according to directions and set aside.
Mix water and Shirley J White Cheddar Base in mixing bowl. Set aside. Grill onions in butter in a large saucepan. Add Shirley J and water mixture to onions.
Reserve 1/4 cup of both cheeses, equalling a 1/2 cup of cheese. Add in 1 cup of the cheddar cheese and 3/4 cup of mozzarella cheese. Bring to a boil and let thicken. Once mixture boils quickly turn temperature down.
Pour noodles and cheese mixture in casserole dish and mix together. Add red pepper flakes and stir in. Top with remaining cheese and breadcrumbs.
Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.
The Hub thought he would have liked it better if we would have added Parmesan. Mozzarella was not his cheese of choice, he just used it because that is all we had. With that said it worked with mozzarella and he loved it! (yes he had thirds)
Becky's Thoughts: I really liked this dish. I loved the white cheddar flavor that came out and the onion flavor. I really think the base complimented the onion. The noodles were the perfect texture. If I were to make this myself I would have added a bit more or the red pepper.
The hub is super excited about building off this recipe and experimenting with mac and cheese.
Anyway, happy Shirley J Wed-nes-day!
Spicy Alfredo Sauce (that I was supposed to post last week) or Honey Wheat Bread from Shirley J's newly acquired bakery line!