Easy Rosemary Macaroni and Cheese
Easy Rosemary Macaroni and Cheese is classic comfort food, made even better, with the addition of rosemary. Creamy, cheesy, goodness in every bite!
large saucepan for pasta
- 3 cups macaroni noodles
- 2 ½ cups white cheddar, shredded
- 1 cup pepper jack cheese, shredded
- ½ cup parmesan cheese, shredded or grated
- 2 cans (12 oz) evaporated milk
- 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
- 2-3 tablespoons rosemary, chopped
- 1 teaspoon parsley flakes
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- salt to taste
- ½ pound bacon, chopped or diced if desired
- ½ cup white cheddar cheese
- ½ cup pepper jack cheese
- ¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese
- chopped rosemary if desired
Cook noodles to slightly soft, then drain and pour into a large mixing bowl.
If using, chop or dice you bacon and cook it until crisp. Allow to drain on paper towels and set aside.
Add shredded cheddar, jack, parmesan cheese, evaporated milk, garlic, butter, rosemary, parsley and pepper, mixing thoroughly.
Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray, then pour in macaroni mixture.
Top with extra cheeses and rosemary.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes, or until golden and bubbly on top and cooked through. (Timing will depend on how thick your macaroni is or the size of your casserole dish)
Serve as desired.
Cook or blanch, for the last couple minutes, in boiling pasta water before straining and adding to macaroni and cheese. Options include cauliflower, broccoli, peas or beans.
Chopped spinach, sweet peppers, tomatoes or a drained can of corn can be tossed with the macaroni mixture before going right into your casserole dish.
Sauteed Mushrooms and/or Onions are so wonderful added in to macaroni and cheese as well.
Chop, dice and cook bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towel before adding to macaroni and cheese mixture.
Cook ground sausage, beef or pork until no longer pink. Drain in colander in your sink until you are ready to add it to your cheese mixture.
Pan fry or crisp leftover ham, ham steak, pancetta or Italian ham before adding it to your cheese sauce.
Leftover roast beef, pulled pork, pulled chicken or pulled beef work beautifully on top of, beside or in this dish too.