Monday, March 24, 2014

better together, but a tad ridiculous

I'm talking about Mac & Cheese and Sloppy Joe's (or Jeff's in our case).  Oh yes, why not turn Sloppy Jeff's into a casserole by topping it with Mac & Cheese?  Obviously it had to be done.  
This past fall was a cold one, so I was inspired to make some more ridiculous comfort foods. This one is pretty straight forward to make as well as being delicious, assuming you are comfortable making the two parts separately.  

Mac & Cheese Sloppy Jeff (Joe) Casserole Recipe

1 recipe Mac & Cheese mine has:
         1 1/4 cup macaroni noodles
         2 Tablespoons butter
         2 Tablespoons flour
         1 1/2 cups milk
         1/2 - 1 cup shredded cheese 
Extra shredded cheese for topping the casserole 

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees
Bring a pot of salted water to boil (for the pasta) and cook as directed; drain when done

While that is happening, make up some Sloppy Jeff's (vegetarian) or Joe's (I used my vegetarian recipe) and place in a 7 x 11 pyrex pan, like so:
Then head back to the Mac & Cheese: 

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat
Then whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute
Turn down the heat to medium and slowly pour in the milk
Continue to whisk frequently until the mixture begins to bubble and thicken 
Turn the heat down to low and slowly add in the cheese, as much as you like, which is obviously a lot
Once it is all melted and up to your desired cheese-level, mix in the drained cooked pasta:

Then spread that mac & cheese over your sloppy jeff's and top with some more cheese for a good crust

Bake the casserole for 25-35 minutes until golden on top

And then, enjoy!