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Over the Rainbow Macaroni and Cheese

Recipe Information
This is the recipe that Patti La Belle gave on the Oprah show.

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Serves/Makes:6 or more

  • 1 tbsp (15 ml). vegetable oil
  • 1 lb (.5 kg). elbow macaroni
  • 9 tbsp (125 ml). butter, divided use
  • 2 oz (56 grm). shredded muenster cheese
  • 2 oz (56 grm). shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 2 oz (56 grm). shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 oz (56 grm). shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 cups (475 ml) half & half
  • 8 oz (224 grm). Velveeta, cut into small cubes
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 tsp (1 ml). seasoned salt
  • 1/8 tsp (1 ml). freshly ground black pepper
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees (175 C.).
  • Lightly butter a deep 2-1/2 quarts (2375 ml) casserole.
  • Cook macaroni in salted water with oil for about 7 minutes, do not overcook.
  • Drain well.
  • Return to the cooking pot.
  • Melt 8 Tbsp (125 ml). of the butter.
  • Stir into the macaroni.
  • In a large bowl, mix all the cheeses.
  • To the macaroni, add the half & half, 1-1/2 cups (350 ml) of the shredded cheeses, the cubed Velveeta, and eggs.
  • Season with the salt and pepper.
  • Transfer to the buttered casserole.
  • Sprinkle witht the remaining 1/2 cup (125 ml) shredded cheese and dot with the remaining 1 Tbsp (15 ml). butter.
  • Bake until bubbling around the edges, about 35 minutes.
  • Serve it hot.
I changed the cheese to a combination package to save money. I substitute the cheeses in the following: 8 oz. pkg. (1 cup) combination of cheddar, Jack and processed American 4 oz. shredded sharp cheddar 4 oz. shredded Muenster no Velveeta The original can be found on the Oprah website and also the ABC Shows website under "Recipes". My family voted this a truly wonderful recipe. If you have a heart condition, I would not recommend eating it very often!