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In need of 2 mac & cheese recipes -- one kid-friendly and one for grown-ups.

I'm throwing a party this weekend for some friends that just moved to town. Both kids (mostly 3-year-olds) and adults will be in attendance. Anyone have a tried & true kid-friendly macaroni and cheese recipe? I'd also like to serve a grown-up version of mac & cheese and was thinking about Ina Garten's Penne with Five Cheeses (Pecorino, fontina, Gorgonzola, ricotta & mozzarella). Anyone tried this before? Thanks in advance hounds!

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  1. I have never tried Ina's but I have a great recipe- I don't use gorgonzola because it is so strong- I use smoked gouda and goat cheese along with swiss, mozzarella and cheddar. I get raves!

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    1. re: getcyped

      Raves are just what I'd like. I'd love your recipe!

    2. I make a very simple mac & cheese for my kiddos. I cook elbow or shell noddles--just past al dente. While the noodles are in the colander I melt about 2 tblsp butter, add in 1/4 - 1/2 cup of milk and heat to just below a simmer. Then I grate in enough cheddar to thicken the sauce and add a small amount of parm. Toss with the noodles and serve. You can mix in ham and peas, as well. My kids are both under three and they love it every time and it takes the same amount of time as the junk in the box.

      1. my sister in law makes a mac n cheese that calls for a box of pasta, 8 oz american cheese, butter (4tbsp?), milk (2c?) and flour. Nothing else. The kids in the family - there are 7 under 6 - love it.

        1. Every time I make the, now famous, (gulp) pound of cheese to a half pound of pasta NYTimes recipe, the whole thing gets devoured.

          I actually use less than a pound of cheese because it's way too much -- but its a nice super simple recipe.

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          1. re: burritobelle

            A pound of cheese to a half pound of pasta!! Can you provide a link, burritobelle?

            Sounds like my kind of mac and cheese.

            jenna74, I usually wing it (the adult version) with any soft cheese I can find in the better local market. Blue, gruyere, soft cheese names unknown to me, the more the merrier.

            I buy them, melt them with cream, add some Parmigiano Reggiano, and mix with a short fat pasta. Last time, I also added some sour cream to taste.

          2. I love this mac and cheese: it's super easy since you don't have to boil the pasta beforehand. It's the kids kind since it's great but really familiar. It's a recipe from a blog that's really great: http://cookbad.blogspot.com/2006/11/s...