Friday, July 1, 2011

Creamy Shells and Cheese

This has become one of my kids favorites. I got the original recipe from a newspaper article but I cannot remember which one. It has been in my recipe binder for quite some time.

Creamy Shells and Cheese
Printable Recipe

8 oz shell pasta, cooked according to package, drained and rinsed
12 oz can evaporated milk
3/4 cup chicken broth
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 cup grated colby-jack or parmesan cheese
8 oz grated sharp cheddar cheese
kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

1) Microwave evaporated milk and chicken broth until steamy (not boiling).
2) In large pot (I use the same pot from the pasta), over low heat melt butter. Whisk in flour and then steamy milk mixture. Cook until thickens about 3-4 minutes.
3) Whisk in Dijon mustard, grated colby-jack or parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.
4) Remove from heat and whisk in cheddar cheese until melted and smooth. Fold in cooked shell pasta.

***TIP: Sometimes we make this a meal by stirring in poached or grilled sliced chicken breasts and steamed broccoli.


  1. I saw this picture earlier this week and had cheesy mac on the brain ever since! I decided to try your recipe tonight (I subbed out the cheeses for what I had on hand- Jack, Pepper Jack & sharp chedddar) - WOW! Delicious! Dylan (my 2 year old & the house mac n cheese connoisseur) gave it a double thumbs up! And it re-heated really well, too (made it for lunch- it was requested again for dinner!) Thanks so much for posting this! -C

  2. this was amazing! i so often "fail" at mac and cheese but this one was delicious and made me feel very accomplished! thank you!


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