Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sea Shell Macaroni and Cheese

The origin of macaroni and cheese is unknown. The earliest known recorded recipe being scribbled down in 1769.

American staple The tasty dish came to America, courtesy of Thomas Jefferson, who, while visiting France became enamored of the pasta dishes served there. He brought back pasta machine and recipes. As president, he served macaroni and cheese at an 1802 state dinner. 

Kraft Foods introduced its boxed macaroni and cheese in 1937, when America was in the Great Depression. The product served 4 for less than 20 cents. The company sold 8 million boxes of mac and cheese in a yea. During World War II, meat and dairy were in short supply, the box mix continued to gain in popularity.
Research Source: Smithsonian

This sea shell mac and cheese is a perfect side dish for any dinner table. The family will love it. 

Sea Shell Macaroni and Cheese
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1 (8 oz.) package sea shell pasta
2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup milk
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon garlic power
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
8 ounces American cheese spread; cut into 1 inch square (I used Velveeta)
pinch paprika

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain well. Place pasta in a bowl; while pasta is still hot add cheddar cheese. In another bowl, combine remaining ingredients, except Velveeta cheese and paprika. Pour mixture over pasta, stirring.

Place pasta in a baking dish coated with nonstick cooking spray. Top with Velveeta cheese and lightly press. Sprinkle paprika. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until cheese is melted and brown. Enjoy!




  1. Oooh yum ! mac n cheese is my fave comfort food ! and yours sounds easy and creamy ! i always eat the boxed velveeta but this sounds like a much better version :)

  2. Now I want mac and cheese instead of the dinner I WAS making hehe


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