This little nut was sadly under the weather this week. As much as being sick is unfortunate at any time I feel it becomes 10 times worse when the sun is shining and you can’t tell if you have a fever or are just sweating from the heat. In any case, it was nothing to worry about – probably just a mix of one too many late nights and one too few hours of sleep. I spent three full days in bed with a book and my stuffed monkey by my side and now I am back on my feet! Luckily this bout of illness and my crummy state served as inspiration for this post. If there is nothing else you want (aside from your Mommy) when you’re sick, it’s comfort food. Where most of inanutshell’s recipe’s revolve around healthy options and tummy reducing tips … this one says f -orget that.
Mac and Cheese has got to be one of the # 1 comfort foods out there, not to mention it slides down a sore throat easily. So below you will find my slightly tweaked version of an old classic … Kraft Dinner à la quatre fromages (four cheese!).
What you’ll need:
1 package of Kraft Dinner (White Cheddar)
1 /3 cup milk
3 tbs butter
2 tbs cream cheese
shredded cheese of your choice
I do not need to instruct you how to make KD because it is practically the first thing any child learns how to make after grilled cheese. So proceed.
After you’ve stirred in all the normal KD ingredients stir in two tablespoons of cream cheese. Best to do it while the pasta is still hot so it melts. The cream cheese can stick together a bit so really stir it until it’s all mixed in.
Next scoop out a small amount of the cream cheese infused KD into a bowl, covering the bottom layer. Sprinkle on some of the shredded cheese and then add another layer. Repeat till you’ve reached the top of the bowl.
For the finishing touch sprinkle on a healthy dose of parmesan cheese. This is the best part because it will crisp when you broil it.
Put the concoction on the top layer of your oven and let it broil for a few minutes. Keep checking on it, and when you see the parmesan cheese start to brown a bit you know it’s ready.
Et voila, “gourmet” KD is served. Now, I know haters are gonna hate and say that the regular style KD is great on its own. But for a cheese lover like me, this easy as pie recipe makes it feel a little more like the “from scratch” stuff your mom used to make. And when you’re sick, what could be better? … In a nutshell.