Thursday, October 3, 2013

Cheesy Garlic Shells

This recipe was born out of necessity. It was late, I wanted macaroni and cheese with some extra pizzazz, and I was debating making a box of Annie's with just some garlic powder but at the last minute I decided to get a bit "fancier" (think American cheese slices... I told you I am a "fancy" girl!) Honestly I am so glad I decided to make this because it ended up being incredible. John and I were both huge fans. Next time I make it I'll have to make it when Landon will be having dinner with us since he's an American cheese junkie. Overall this is super easy to make and yields delicious results! The cheese is so creamy and mild, allowing the garlic and seasonings to shine.  It stays a little "saucy" so it's not dry or thick like mac and cheese can sometimes get. We loved it. I am sure you'll see it in a recap post soon since we loved it so much!

Source: Stephanie Cooks Original

2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups dry medium sized shell pasta
1 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning

1/4 lb white american cheese slices

1- Combine the milk, pasta, garlic, onion powder, and Italian seasonings together in a pot. Heat over low-medium heat, until the liquid comes to a very low boil. Allow to cook over a slow/low boil. Do NOT let it boil rapidly or the milk will curdle. 
2- Once the pasta is soft and most of the milk is absorbed, break apart the cheese slices and add to the pasta. Stir well. Serve hot