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Patti LaBelle’s Famous Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) plus 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded Muenster cheese
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded mild Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) Velveeta, cut into small cubes
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
COOKING INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly butter a deep 2 1/2-quart casserole.
  2. Bring the large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the oil, then the elbow macaroni, and cook until the macaroni is just tender, about 7 minutes. Do not overcook. Drain well. Return to the cooking pot.
  3. In a small saucepan, melt eight tablespoons of the butter. Stir into the macaroni.
  4. In a large bowl, mix the Muenster, mild and sharp Cheddar, and Monterey Jack cheeses.
  5. 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 casserole. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup of shredded cheese and dot with the remaining one tablespoon of butter.

Bake until it’s bubbling around the edges, about 35 minutes. Serve hot.