I have told ya’ll before that I am the oldest of 4 girls. There is me, then Jenny, Lisa and Claire. I am considerably older than all of them but as we have gotten older that has mattered less and less. They have all grown up to be beautiful, smart, talented and great women. For a few, all too short years, my sister Lisa aka Wheezie and her hubby lived in Shreveport. It was during the time that I was having babies and she was in grad school, but our love of finding yummy recipes and trying them out is something that we shared. It was a time when I didn’t have much time to cook as I was in survival mode, just trying to keep my head above water, but she would try new recipes and sometimes have us over or bring over something for me to try. She actually started blogging long before I did. She is a teacher but is an excellent blogger…check her out at http://www.makeitlikemomou.blogspot.com!! This recipe I am giving you today is one of those. Though we all love Momou’s mac and cheese, Wheezie is probably the biggest fan. She is a notorious mac and cheese fanatic. This past Friday evening, Big Daddy was dead set on grilling steaks. I didn’t get to the grocery store, so decided to make do with what I had. The fantastic thing about this mac and cheese recipe is that it uses ingredients that you most likely have at home already. Plus, this is a kid friendly recipe. That is always a bonus. Since now I am past the baby hanging off of me stage (consequently, Lisa is in her baby stage with a one year old. My sweet niece CC…ahh the circle of life), I am experimenting more and unafraid to try new things. I am out of survival mode and in thrive mode. It feels pretty dang good!!! I called Lisa all excited that I had dubbed this Wheezie’s mac and cheese and about the changes I had made. I left her a message and I am sure she will hear it and think I am nuts. Anyway, I dusted this recipe off and kind of gave it a Cajun Mama twist and boy was it good!!! I am pretty sure ya’ll will LOVE this one. It would be fantabulous with barbecue in the summer time and be great along side a recipe I am blogging tomorrow…grape salad. So, if you are looking for a quick and easy mac and cheese, give this one a go!!!~AMB
My mermaid with her Godmother…Wheezie. Fellow mac and cheese lovers!
She is a great cook and obviously very funny…she is cracking Pappy up!
Wheezie’s easy mac and cheese (adapted from the kitchen of Lisa Welch…www.makeitlikemomou.blogspot.com)
Stuff you need:
12 ounces farfalle pasta (that is bowtie pasta)
1 1/2 can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup of mayo
1 tsp. smoked paprika
salt and pepper
2 cups shredded cheese blend (I used half cheddar jack blend and half italian cheese blend with cream cheese in it and it was awesome!!!)
What to do with the stuff:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 9 x 13 inch dish or 11 x 7 dish with cooking spray. Boil your pasta according to package directions and drain. Return pasta back to the pot. Stir in the cream of mushroom, mayo, paprika, good ole salt and pepper to taste, and 1 1/2 cups of the cheese into the pasta. Stir to combine. Pour this into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese (plus a little extra..go on…I won’t tell). Cover with foil and pop into preheated oven. Bake for about 20-25 minutes. Remove foil and inhale that wonderful smell. Spoon into a bowl and devour accordingly. YUM!!! Thank you Wheezie!!!
Oh devilishly good concoction…please get in my belly. Wheezie would approve!!