March 9, 2014

Nicole's Baked Macaroni and Cheese

I never ever ever would have tried this recipe if it wasn't for my good friend, Nicole, raving about how good it is.

This is not your typical creamy mac & cheese.  This recipe, my friends, is all about the FLAVOR.   REAL GOOD FLAVOR.  I love the texture too, but it is more of the clumpy and creamy texture than  a smooth and creamy texture.

  This was one of the first "from scratch" recipes I learned to make when I first started cooking.  Which means it is as EASY as can be.  If you can boil pasta, then you can make this recipe.

My whole family loves it and I know yours will too.
Nicole's Baked Macaroni and Cheese
adapted from: Nicole W.
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8 oz. elbow macaroni
1 (16 oz.) carton low-fat cottage cheese
3/4 c. sour cream
1 large egg, beaten
2 tsp. dried onion flakes
salt and pepper
8 oz. Sharp Cheddar cheese, grated

1/4 c. Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1 Tbl. butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cook pasta according to package directions.  Meanwhile, combine cottage cheese, sour cream, beaten egg, dried onion flakes, salt, pepper and grated Cheddar cheese.  Drain pasta when done and stir into cottage cheese mixture.  Pour into a greased 8x8-inch casserole dish.  Add bread crumbs to a small zip-top bag and add the melted butter (add just enough to barely moisten the bread crumbs).  Shake bag until crumbs are coated with butter and sprinkle evenly over casserole.  Bake, uncovered, for 40-45 minutes or until hot and bubbly.  Serves: 4

Jenn's Notes:  Italian seasoned bread crumbs taste great, but I also like to use Panko bread crumbs combined with dried parsley and Johnny's Garlic Seasoning.  I sprinkle it over my casserole and spray the top with butter spray.  


  1. I love Mac and Cheese! And, - I love trying Mac and Cheese different ways.
    Thanks for sharing! =)

  2. Looks so yummy! And with cottage cheese, really great recipe.

  3. I made a big batch & left one in the fridge to use a couple of days later. My family didn't want bread crumbs on theirs so I just added shredded cheddar to the top & let that brown in the oven....YUM!! Making another batch today!