How many times do I hear myself say, "where is that big orange binder?" or "has anyone seen that big orange binder?" The big orange binder has been accumulating recipes, kinspiration & original recipe cards tucked into plastic sleeves for my entire-almost-forty year existence. "The Big Orange Binder" is an organization attempt. It's a recipe with a story neatly packaged in a place where I'll always be able to find the ever-elusive . . . Big Orange Binder.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Two Cheese Mac-And-Cheese

courtesy:  Cooking Light
from: my friend Sherri, who swears her kids love this stuff

10 oz large elbow macaroni
2 tbsp canola oil
3-4 crushed garlic cloves (which I omit so I don't burp garlic all night long)
2 ¼ cups on chicken stock (unsalted, preferred)
½ cup of 2% milk
8 tbsp flour
4 oz cream cheese
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
3 oz extra sharp cheddar (about ¾ cup)


  1. 1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain. Set aside.
  2. 2. Preheat broiler to high.
  3. 3. Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add garlic to pan; cook 3 minutes or until garlic is fragrant, stirring frequently (do not brown). Stir in 1 cup stock; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute. Combine remaining 1 1/4 cups stock, milk, and flour; stir with a whisk until flour dissolves. Add milk mixture to garlic mixture, stirring with a whisk. Bring to a boil; cook 5 minutes or until mixture begins to thicken. Remove milk mixture from heat; add cream cheese, stirring until smooth. Stir in salt and pepper. Add cooked pasta to milk mixture, tossing to coat. Let stand 5 minutes. Pour pasta mixture into a 2-quart baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle cheddar evenly over pasta mixture. Broil 3 minutes or until cheese melts and begins to brown. Let stand 5 minutes.

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