Extra Cheesy Mac & Cheese, pacific living, recipe

Extra Cheesy Mac & Cheese, pacific living, recipe

Extra Cheesy Mac & Cheese

Ken loves mac & cheese as long as it’s extra cheesy. He calls it the ooey gooey factor. Plus, our cold smoked cheese makes it even better. Patti invited her lovely friend Harriett over for lunch to try this new recipe. To make it a little fun she made it with wagon wheel shaped pasta to hold lots of the cheesy goodness. It’s also a great way to sneak in veggies or use whatever leftover veggies you might have on hand. Our Pacific Living Outdoor Oven has a smoke box, too for another layer of flavor.

Patti and I have set one night a week just for us. It’s our date night. We usually put something special on our Pacific Living Outdoor Oven but sometimes we cook inside. We always eat outside on our patio where it is very comfortable with a rainforest theme. Wood burning stove, little lights, candles, lanterns and surround sound. We enjoy a little wine, or strawberry margaritas using frozen strawberries for ice, good food, music and sometimes a dance or two…

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes at 350 degrees (177c)
Grill: Pacific Living Outdoor Oven

Pellets: Pacific Pellet Gourmet BBQ Mountain Maple

Ingredients: Extra Cheesy Mac & Cheese

  • cut pasta, cooked
  • 1 23oz. jar salsa con queso (Mexican cheese sauce)
  • 1 14oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 10oz. package frozen spinach, thawed
  • 1 Tablespoon Legg’s Old Plantation Seasoning Garlic Herb & Sun Dried Tomato
  • 2 teaspoons white pepper
  • 2 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese, thick sliced
  • 2 cups Asiago cheese, thick sliced
  • 2 cups Colby Jack cheese, thick sliced
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 2 cups Parmesan cheese crackers, crushed
  • 2 cups Italian blend shredded cheese

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Extra Cheesy Mac & Cheese, pacific living, recipe

Combine Pasta with Cheese Sauce

Directions: Extra Cheesy Mac & Cheese

In a large bowl combine pasta with cheese sauce. Mix in spinach, tomatoes and seasonings. Pour ½ into a large, lightly greased cast iron Dutch oven. Top with ½ of cheese slices. Repeat with remaining pasta and cheese slices. In a small bowl combine butter, crackers and shredded cheese until mixed well. Sprinkle on top of macaroni & cheese and into the Pacific Living Outdoor Oven for 45 minutes at 350 degrees (177c).

Note: The bottom stone and it gets “HOT” so you need to stay right with it or you will burn what your are cooking. We only use heavy cast iron or baking dishes here. For most things I have found that it is better to use the middle shelf. You can use a stone here or not depending on your cook.

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Extra Cheesy Mac & Cheese, pacific living, recipe

Pour ½ into a Large, Lightly Greased Cast Iron Dutch Oven

Extra Cheesy Mac & Cheese, pacific living, recipe

Repeat Until Full

Extra Cheesy Mac & Cheese, pacific living, recipe

Add Cheese Topping

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Extra Cheesy Mac & Cheese, pacific living, recipe

In the Pacific Living Outdoor Oven

Extra Cheesy Mac & Cheese, pacific living, recipe

Almost

Extra Cheesy Mac & Cheese, pacific living, recipe

Lookin’ Good

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Extra Cheesy Mac & Cheese, pacific living, recipe

Let’s Eat!!!

Extra Cheesy Mac & Cheese
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About our Recipes

We do our recipes on our patio where we have a lineup of grills, including Louisiana, Green Mountain, Royall, Memphis, Traeger pellet grills, Char Griller side box smoker, Saber, Charmglow, Char-Broil, The Big Easy, Pacific Living Outdoor Oven, Lodge Sportsman’s, Brinkman and Weber. I call it our “Wall of Grill”. Our grilling styles are healthy and low fat and will fit pelletheads, gas, natural wood and even charcoal purists. Almost any of our recipes can be done on any kind of good BBQ.

The important thing to keep in mind is TIME & TEMPERATURE. You can even do some of them in the oven or crock pot, but, then you lose all the flavors you get from cooking outdoors. But sometimes it does rain.

Remember that a recipe is simply an outline; it is not written in stone. Don’t be afraid to make changes to suit your taste. Take it and run with it….

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Ken & Patti

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