Monday, April 25, 2011

Baked Shells and Cheese

Here is the first of what I hope is many recipes.  This is a family favorite that my daughter, Cara requested as her birthday meal for her fifth birthday.  <<Sigh, they grow up too fast!>> 

Now, I know most people use mac and cheese as a side dish, but this is strong enough to stand on its own.  In fact, it's almost too rich to want with meat.  Add this to your meatless meal stash...its fantastic.

Baked Shells and Cheese
1 lb. medium shells pasta
2 cups milk
4 to 8 oz. cream cheese
3 Tbs. butter
1 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups cheddar cheese
1 cup cubed Velveeta

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cook the pasta and strain, rinsing with cold water.  Transfer to a large bowl and set aside.  In a medium saucepan, combine the milk, cream cheese, butter, pepper, and salt.  Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until completely melted.

Toss the cheddar and Velveeta with the pasta.  Add the hot milk mixture and stir until well combined.  Transfer to a 3 quart bakind dish and bake uncovered until the top is golden, about 30 minutes.

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