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Monday, April 21, 2014

FOOD-Guest Post-Venetian Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese

My eating habits have changed over the past few weeks since I've started following a Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle (watch for interesting recipes as I experiment with them). But luckily I have some people who are willing to submit their delicious, creamy, comfort foods and will let us know how they turned out. 

Jen shared this great recipe that she tried and it looks wonderful! 

Venetian Mac-n-Cheese by Giada De Laurentiis

Butter, for greasing dish
12 ounces wide egg noodles
2 cups heavy cream
2 1/2 cups whole milk
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more for pasta water
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cups (packed) grated Fontina
3/4 cup (packed) finely grated Parmesan
3/4 cup (packed) grated mozzarella
4 ounces cooked ham, diced, optional
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves


Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Butter a 13 by 9-inch glass baking dish and set aside. Cook the noodles in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes. Drain well, but do not rinse.

Whisk the cream, milk, flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper in large bowl to blend. Stir in 1 cup Fontina, 1/2 cup Parmesan, 1/2 cup mozzarella, ham, if using, and parsley. Add the noodles and toss to coat. Transfer the noodle mixture to the prepared baking dish. Toss the remaining 1 cup Fontina, 1/4 cup Parmesan, and 1/4 cup mozzarella in a small bowl to blend. Sprinkle the cheese mixture over the noodle mixture. Bake until the sauce bubbles and the cheese melts and begins to brown on top, about 20 minutes.

Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.


She said that she used chopped garlic from a jar instead of fresh, and forgot to top it with cheese. It looks scrumptious to me! 

She also noted, "I've only made this once, but a family friend makes this every 4th of July for us. It's kind of expensive to make, but I think you could easily make this instead of going out to eat. Be prepared for 2nd's or 3rd's."

I'm sure my family would love this for supper one night! 

What other ingredients would you add? 


  1. Oh my, this does sound good! But my husband and I are both on Weight Watchers. He would have to make a lot of modifications and you know what? It's really hard to make mac and cheese Weight Watchers friendly. Skim cheeses instead of full fat, a whole grain pasta, Alana visiting from the UBC.

    1. Yeah, same with the thing I'm doing. Maybe I could make it with quinoa! It looks so good though!

  2. Ohhhhhh, this just looks delicious! I've actually never had macaroni cheese. Might have to resolve that issue!

    1. Yes! You definitely have to try it! At LEAST Once! Thanks for reading!