Use raw pasta for this quick and easy dish. Watch a demonstration of this recipe on Online TV.
2 tbsp butter
1 cup cottage cheese (not low-fat)
2 cups milk (2% or higher)
1 tsp dry mustard
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 lb. elbow macaroni, uncooked
1 lb. sharp or extra-sharp cheedar cheese, grated
Step 1: Heat oven to 375°F and position rack in upper third of oven.
Step 2: Using 1 tbsp of butter, grease a 9" round or square baking dish.
Step 3: In a blender or food processor, combine cottage cheese, milk, mustard, cayenne, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Purée well.
Step 4: In a large bowl, combine the uncooked macaroni with the purée mixture and 3/4 of the grated cheese. (Reserve 1/4 of the grated cheese.) Pour mixture into greased dish, cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.
Step 5: Uncover dish, stir gently, dot with remaining 1 tbsp butter and sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top.
Step 6: Bake uncovered for 30 minutes more. Top with panko breadcrumbs if you like.
Watch Lynda demonstrate this recipe on Online TV.