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Macaroni & Cheese – Family Friendly & Real {recipe}

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A family-favorite, passed down from my grandmother.


  • 1 16 oz. package of Macaroni (I like Barilla Plus Whole Wheat Elbows)
  • 1 cup sour cream (I use fat free)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 cups cottage cheese (I use fat free)
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 grated carrots (or about 12 cups)
  • Bread Crumbs (or Stove Top Stuffing Mix)
  • 2 tsp. Paprika
  • 1 tsp. Seasoned Salt
  • 1 tsp. Pepper
  • 2 tsp. Ground Mustard
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cook the macaroni according the package instructions. While it’s cooking, in a bowl combine all the ingredients except the bread crumbs and stir. Add the macaroni to the bowl and mix together. Put in a greased casserole dish and top with the bread crumbs, more paprika, and more cheese, if you like. I like to add parmesan.
  2. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes with the cover on until the cheese on top is melted and the center is warm.
  3. Serve with spinach salad with Cumin Vinaigrette and a glass of your favorite white wine (We love Clover Hill because it’s tasty, local and cheaper than imported wine!).