Posted by: lifewithbs | April 10, 2010

Mac and Cheese #2

This is the mac and cheese I grew up eating. None of that box stuff!  It’s easy to make, cheesy, gooey, and it reminds me of home.  It’s the only recipe that both my brother and I went to college with, and might be the only multi-pot dish I ever really cooked during my undergraduate years. Oh, and you really can’t taste the golden mushroom soup!

Macaroni and Cheese

1 box of penne pasta

1 can of golden mushroom cheese

1 block of sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

1 can’s worth of milk

1 tablespoon butter


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Start a pot of salted water to boil, and cook the pasta half way through, about 7 minutes.

While the water is heating, pour the can of soup into a small saucepan. Add one can’s full of milk, 1 tablespoon of butter and 2/3 of the shredded cheese. Stir together over low heat.

By the time the pasta has finished cooking the cheese sauce should be ready.

Pour a little bit of sauce into a 9×13 baking dish.

Next, add half of the pasta.

Sprinkle on half of the remaining cheese. Then, repeat the later again, and top with breadcrumbs, if desired. I sprinkled breadcrumbs on just half, because I’m weird.

Cover with tin foil and bake covered for 25 minutes, and uncovered for 8 minutes.  Serve immediately and enjoy!

For those of you who are wondering, Brett is doing well in Peru. This week he’s in Iquitos, which is in the Peruvian rainforest and is the largest city in the world not accessible by roads. Right now he’s on a boat ride up the Amazon, and is going to visit a few villages, markets and a butterfly farm that also has monkeys. There’s probably a few other cool activities going on, I have a hard time keep track of it all!


  1. Glad to hear that this recipe brings you fond memories … if I could make it and you guys would enjoy eating it, then it HAS to be easy to prepare!! You can use Panko flakes instead of bread crumbs for a slightly crunchier surface. Saving some extra cheddar for the top is good too.

    Your brother’s college roommates think he is a gourmet chef when he makes and shares this dish.

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