Easy, Cheesy, Beautiful... PIZZA MAC

I have to be honest with you, I would have never made this dish on my own. I LOVE mac and cheese and I LOVE pizza. But, to me they seemed like two separate entities that could not be messed with. So, when my coworker asked me to make this recipe for our Ugly Sweater Potluck at work (yes, that’s a thing), I was hesitant.  This was until I got a taste of the final product.

It was easy, it was cheesy, and it was seriously beautiful. Here it is people. The greatest collaboration since Shakira and Beyonce’s Beautiful Liar, pizza macaroni and cheese remix brought to you by DJ GC. Actually, the original recipe comes from Buzzfeed, but I always like to add my own personal touch. Like the time I used a sharpie to change the “GAP” logo on my new sweatshirt to “GAB” in 3rd grade.

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Ingredients

6 tbsp butter

pepperoni slices (some chopped) OR NOT. If you want to make it vegetarian, then do you.

2 cloves garlic

6 tbsp flour

6 cups whole milk

16 oz shredded cheddar

16 oz shredded mozzarella

fresh sliced mozzarella

marinara sauce - if you’re going to use jarred sauce, just don’t tell me

1 lb pasta of your choice… go crazy

Recipe

Cook the pasta in a heavily salted pot of boiling water. Like, a hefty pinch is an understatement. Cook al dente. Set aside.

Melt the butter in a pot with chopped pepperoni and garlic. Cook on medium heat until the garlic is cooked, but NOT burnt. How can you tell? Allow the garlic to become somewhat transparent and golden. If the edges start turning brown/black… it’s burning.

Slowly add flour – make sure to continue mixing so that there are no clumps of flour. This will make the butter mixture super thick. Cook for 2 minutes, constantly mixing.

Add milk and stir. Continue stirring until the sauce thickens. This may take some time. I know, waiting sucks.

Add all the shredded cheese to the pot. This is the portion of the recipe where dreams come true. Keep stirring until all of the cheese is melted and bubbly and beautiful. Pull up your spoon from the mixture and admire the cheese porn. Taste test #1.

Add cooked pasta and stir. Make sure all the pasta is covered in the magic cheese sauce. Taste test #2. Add some more salt, perhaps?

Pour the pasta into a skillet or casserole pan. Pour the “homemade” pizza sauce on top of the pasta (use as much or as little as you’d like!). Add fresh mozzarella and remaining pepperoni slices. Taste test #3 – just because fresh mozz is everything.

Bake at 400 for 30 minutes or however long it takes to make the cheese golden brown. You’ll know it’s done because it will look like a cooked pizza… LAST AND FINAL TASTE TEST!

The great news about this stuff is that unlike real pizza, it reheats almost perfectly – even in a microwave (monkey covering eyes emoji)!

Serves: A lot. But also not a lot if you want to eat it all yourself #nojudgment

Shout out to Buzzfeed Food for finally noticing me and all 3,000 people who liked my pizza mac pic on @brbcookingdinner. This one is for you guys.

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