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Old 05-22-2013, 08:08 PM   #11
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Basil is a pretty key ingredient in this dish, it really plays well with roasted garlic and tomatoes.

The beauty of mac and cheese is that you can add almost anything and it will almost always turn out fantastic. This one was developed for vegetarians so there is no meat, but there is a lot of room to expand if you want to throw in some sort of flesh.

The cheese that is listed is a real solid combination. However if you do not have access to all those cheese then you can really change the types around and it will still be really good. Its kinda like hops, there are so many varieties and combinations that will make awesome beer.


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Old 05-22-2013, 08:54 PM   #12
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bust all you want on Rachael Ray, but her Italian Mac-n-Cheese is a good recipe if you're short on time

or good for a mashup with the OP's recipe. cheese here sounds a whole lot more tasty than a pack of pre-shredded Sargento's
To be fair, I have seen some kind of prepackaged shredded "Italian cheese blend" in the grocery store which is quite similar to what is described here. I don't use it because I have a 5-lb block of what I think is the best parmesan in the world, and usually stock various other high-quality cheeses as well, which is what I use when I cook.


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To be fair, I have seen some kind of prepackaged shredded "Italian cheese blend" in the grocery store which is quite similar to what is described here. I don't use it because I have a 5-lb block of what I think is the best parmesan in the world, and usually stock various other high-quality cheeses as well, which is what I use when I cook.
I actually find the Sargento cheeses to be pretty damned good, but no where near "best in the world" But a sargento mozzerella, cheddar, or even "italian blend" is going to be better than passable.
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Old 05-23-2013, 01:32 AM   #14
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I was giving myself an out, in case someone thinks of Sargento as the BMC of cheese
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That's an awful lot of garlic.
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I've never run into that yet. Including when I've just ate Garlic. I love Garlic.
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I've never run into that yet. Including when I've just ate Garlic. I love Garlic.
you can have too much garlic powder, it's like too much salt

too much crushed garlic is like saying too much beer

the words seem to be in English, but arranged like that makes no sense
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Basil is a pretty key ingredient in this dish, it really plays well with roasted garlic and tomatoes.

The beauty of mac and cheese is that you can add almost anything and it will almost always turn out fantastic. This one was developed for vegetarians so there is no meat, but there is a lot of room to expand if you want to throw in some sort of flesh.

The cheese that is listed is a real solid combination. However if you do not have access to all those cheese then you can really change the types around and it will still be really good. Its kinda like hops, there are so many varieties and combinations that will make awesome beer.
I'm assuming you're using Italian/mediterranean basil, I use mostly sweet basil, which I find interchangeable, but better. I'm wondering if you've ever tried this with Thai basil, or even cinnamon or lemon basil? Also, Have you tried other herbs? Sounds good as is, but I know I'll experiment with the recipe if I like the base, just trying to save a step or two.
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I am actually not sure what type of basil I am using. I get fresh organic basil from Trader Joe's, but thats all it says on the package, not sure of the type.

I have not tried other herbs for this recipe but if you find some good combinations let us know!
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you can have too much garlic powder, it's like too much salt

too much crushed garlic is like saying too much beer

the words seem to be in English, but arranged like that makes no sense
Well I never use garlic powder so that's not a problem for me.
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Made this last night. It got a round, "Yeah, not bad." but wasn't the hit I hoped for. I've been wanting an awesome mac n cheese recipe for a while now, so I'm kind of disappointed. Maybe with a bit of tweaking.

Most everyone said they weren't a fan of the tomatoes, but I thought they were ok.


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