[doprcap]P/dropcap]atti LaBelle says that the sure sign of a good cook is if their mac and cheese recipe will make you cry. Oprah personally endorsed those happy tears in an appearance on her show back in the 1990s. Patti told a legendary story of cooking this comfort food for Elton John when they were all touring in 1960's London. Still known as Reginald Dwight back then, Patti said her macaroni and cheese made Elton see Jesus.
Mac 'n Cheese Is The Queen of The Side Dish
This recipe has changed a bit over the years. Patti Labelle herself has given her blessing to change what you want in order to cut back on cholesterol and saturated fat. But she says the Velveeta is really what puts this recipe in the best mac category. So please keep the Velveeta cheese! Don't worry, Patti Labelle. I won't let you down.
Patti LaBelle's Over the Rainbow Mac and Cheese
(Mac and Cheese Recipe created by Patti LaBelle)
Serves 4 to 6 (or just me after a bad day)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly butter a deep 2 1/2-quart baking dish.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a rapid boil over high heat. Add the oil, then the elbow macaroni, and cook until the macaroni is just tender Don't overcook the noodles. Drain well and return to the cooking pot.
In a small saucepan, melt the stick of butter. Stir into the macaroni. In a large bowl, mix the Muenster, mild and sharp Cheddar, and Monterey Jack cheeses. To the macaroni, add the half-and-half, 1 1/2 cups of the shredded cheese, the cubed Velveeta, and the eggs. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to the buttered prepared casserole dish. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup of shredded cheese and dot with the remaining one tablespoon of butter and bread crumbs
Bake until bubbling and browned, about 35 minutes. Put on some Elton John music and eat until you see Jesus.