Today I teamed up with 15 of my food blogger friends to bring you some fabulous recipes to help you get your daily servings of dairy.
Fresh nutritious dairy foods like milk, cheese and yogurt don’t just taste delicious; they’re good for your body! Dairy foods are the #1 source of calcium in most individual’s daily diet and offer 9 essential nutrients. Milk and dairy products are fresh 365 days a year, making Dairy Month a great time to think about exciting, nutrient rich combinations like creative grilled cheese sandwiches, salads and refreshing desserts.
Join in the fun & deliciousness and celebrate “All Things Dairy” with 15 Food Bloggers from around the country as we celebrate with some of our favorite dairy recipes. Here’s one I think you will really like!
Rich & Creamy Macaroni and Cheese
When it comes to Mac & Cheese, there are so many different variations but none is creamier than this one! And it packs a punch with the addition of Greek yogurt.
The trick to creamy Mac & Cheese is to cook the pasta over a low flame in milk, not in water. You must be very careful to keep the pasta moving by stirring it frequently and to not scorch the milk. Low heat is essential as you want the pasta to absorb most all of the milk. This is not a five minute Mac & Cheese, but more like a twenty-five minute Mac & Cheese. However, you will be rewarded for your patience with an incredibly rich and creamy Macaroni and Cheese that’s sure to please the whole family.
- 2 cups Milk
- 2 cups dried pasta (I like Medium Shells but use whatever shape you'd like.)
- ½ small onion, diced fine
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. black (or white) pepper
- ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
- ¼ tsp. Cayenne pepper
- 1 6-oz. container Greek yogurt
- 1 tbs. butter
- 2 cups grated cheese (A combination of Sharp Cheddar and Gruyere works best)
- In a medium saucepan over very low heat, add the onion, milk and pasta. While stirring frequently, simmer over low heat until the pasta is cooked and most of the milk is absorbed.
- Add the salt, pepper, nutmeg, and Cayenne to the milk/pasta mixture.
- Once almost all of the milk is absorbed and the pasta is cooked, add the Greek yogurt, butter and cheese. Stir gently to combine and melt the cheese.
- Taste and adjust seasonings if need be. Serve right away.
See what delicious dairy dishes my Blogging friends are cooking up:
Souffle Bombay – Blueberry Cheesecake Shooters
What The Heck’s A Bonbon? – Strawberry Watermelon Cucumber Granita with Vanilla Lemon Frozen Yogurt
Mind Over Batter – Strawberries and Cream Icebox Cake
Pass The Sushi – Roasted Blueberry Graham Cracker Crumble Frozen Yogurt
We’re Parents – Strawberry Cheesecake Pancakes with Whipped Topping
Little Kitchie – Spinach & Prosciutto Pizza
Sugar Dish Me – Healthy Creamy Summer Pasta
The Vintage Mom – Strawberry Creamsicles & Other Creamy Treats
Real: The Kitchen and Beyond – 11 Grilled Cheese Combinations
Giggles Gobbles & Gulps – 10 Fun Ways To Drink Your Milk
How I Pinch A Penny – Banana Pudding Shooters
An Opera Singer In The Kitchen – Double Cheese Spinach & Mushroom Omelette
It’s A Keeper – 10 Ice Cream & Frozen Treat Recipes
The Suburban Soapbox – The Ultimate Chocolate Martini
Colleen (Souffle Bombay) says
I can never get enough mac & cheese – however I have never used Greek yogurt in mine – love that!!
I love mac n cheese, but never thought about adding yogurt! Will try this soon!
Sarah M says
I love the technique of cooking the pasta IN the milk….I will have to try this recipe soon. My kids (and me!) love home made mac and cheese!
Heather M says
Out of all the amazing recipes in the world who could live without homemade mac and cheese? My kids can’t see this or they will be begging for it for dinner. I have a turkey chorizo in the fridge to add to it and I am pretty sure this is what I will end up making even if they don’t see it. Cooking the pasta in milk is the best idea ever.
Noelle (@singerinkitchen) says
This looks super delicious. I’ve never attempted my own recipe for for mac n cheese so this sounds lovely
I’ve never made my own mac & cheese because it looks too time consuming to me. But this looks super easy and I LOVE that you add yogurt to it! I can’t wait to try it!
I have to remember this recipe for my kids. I love the added dairy which I really need for my little one!
Christina @ It's a Keeper says
I never thought to make mac & cheese this way. I’m definitely going to give it a try — it’s pure comfort food!
Erin Ellis says
That looks delicous! I work dairy into my day pretty easily as my family loves dairy in moderation of course. Milk at breakfast, yogurt at lunch, and a little it of ice cream at dinner once in a while 🙂 Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
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Erin Ellis says
“delicious” I meant to type!
Mary m. says
This recipe is different from the one I usually use for Macaroni and Cheese. It sounds interesting and I am thinking about trying it.