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Five Gouda ways to celebrate National Mac & Cheese Day

• Jul 12, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Who doesn’t grow up loving macaroni and cheese, and continue to love it as a grown up? July 14 is a day set aside to enjoy this celebrated dish.

Three Bridges, a chef-crafted pasta, sauce and meal brand, decided to help the country celebrate National Mac & Cheese Day in delicious style by putting together five yummy and unique recipes that are simply too Gouda to resist.

Here are a few ways to put a fun spin on one of the nation’s favorite dishes.

 

Creamy Cheddar Mac & Cheese Donuts

If donuts make you go nuts, this is the dish for you. Breaking the mold, these donuts trade in the sweet for the savory, but don't be fooled — they're just as addicting.

Ingredients:

1- 12oz pkg Three Bridges Creamy Cheddar Mac and Cheese Kit

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs

2 tbsp butter

1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

1 egg, beaten

1 tbsp flour

sauces, vegetables, or other toppings of your choice

Instructions:

Prepare Three Bridges Creamy Cheddar Mac n Cheese per directions, let cool.

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Mix the panko bread crumbs, one tablespoon of melted butter, and half of the cheddar cheese (1/2 cup). Set aside.

Mix the mac & cheese with the egg and flour and remaining shredded cheddar cheese (1/2 cup).

Use remaining butter to grease donut pan. Spoon the mixture equally into greased donut pan and sprinkle with the panko breadcrumb and cheese mixture.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown and donuts feel firm.

Add your favorite toppings to doughnuts. Serve and enjoy!

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Creamy Cheddar Superfood Pesto Mac & Cheese Casserole

If you aren't looking to reinvent the wheel, but want to give your mac a little extra pep, a healthy twist of kale and spinach pesto sauce ought to do the trick.

Ingredients:

1-12oz pkg Three Bridges Creamy Cheddar Mac & Cheese Kit

2 tbsp Three Bridges Superfood Pesto Sauce

1/2 cup milk (for mac & cheese kit)

1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Prepare Three Bridges Creamy Cheddar Mac n Cheese per directions. Mix in 2 tablespoons of the Three Bridges Superfood Pesto Sauce and pour into an oven-safe baking casserole dish.

Top with shredded cheddar cheese.

Bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Wait 5 minutes to let cool, then serve and Enjoy.

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Mac & Cheese Pizza

When pizza is life, you bring the party to the pizza. What better is there for pepperoni, mushrooms, or your preferred toppings than a mac and cheese mattress?

Ingredients:

1- 12 oz pkg Three Bridges Creamy Cheddar Mac & Cheese Kit

1 1/2 lbs 1 pre-made 7" pizza crust

2 tbsp olive oil

1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Desired pizza toppings

Instructions:

Prepare Three Bridges Creamy Cheddar Mac n Cheese per directions. Spread out on a pan to make 1/2-inch thick and let cool in the refrigerator.

Preheat oven to 450F.

Place the premade pizza crust on a pizza pan or sheet tray.

Brush the pizza crust with olive oil.

Top the pizza crust with the prepared Three Bridges Mac & Cheese and spread evenly.

Sprinkle the top of the Mac & Cheese with the shredded Cheddar cheese.

Bake in oven for 8 minutes or until golden brown on top.

Let pizza cool for a few minutes and slice into wedges. Serve and enjoy!

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Roasted Vegetable Succotash Creamy Cheddar Mac & Cheese Casserole

It might be National Mac & Cheese Day, but it's also beach season. For those looking to keep their cheating to a minimum, this recipe will keep your mind at ease.

Ingredients:

1- 12oz pkg Three Bridges Creamy Cheddar Mac & Cheese Kit

1/2 cup milk

1 ear sweet corn

1 red bell pepper, diced 3/8-inch thick

1 summer squash, diced 3/8-inch thick

1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, halved

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated

4 tbsp butter

1 cup panko breadcrumbs

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400ºF.

Mix the panko breadcrumbs with the melted butter to coat. Then mix in the parmesan cheese. Set aside.

In a sheet pan, combine corn, red pepper, summer squash and cherry tomato. Coat with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Level to a flat layer and roast for 15 to 20 minutes or until cooked through.

Prepare Three Bridges Creamy Cheddar Mac n Cheese per directions the pour into a small oven safe baking casserole dish.

Stir in the roasted vegetables and gently stir in until just barely combined. Top with the breadcrumb mixture.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until the breadcrumb topping is lightly browned. Serve and enjoy!

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Buffalo Chicken Creamy Cheddar Mac & Cheese Casserole

What is macaroni without the cheese? Like its subject, this holiday should be about great companionship, and this dish is the perfect reason to bring friends together.

Ingredients:

1- 12oz pkg Three Bridges Creamy Cheddar Mac & Cheese Kit

1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs

1/2 cup milk

2 tbsp butter

8 oz chicken, cooked and shredded

3 oz hot sauce, your favorite

1/4 cup ranch dressing

1 tsp celery seed

1/2 cup jack cheese, shredded

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375ºF.

Mix the panko breadcrumbs with the melted butter to coat. Set aside.

Prepare Three Bridges Creamy Cheddar Mac n Cheese per directions. Then add shredded chicken, hot sauce, ranch dressing and celery seed.

Pour into a small oven safe baking casserole dish.

Top with the shredded jack cheese then top with the breadcrumb mixture.

Bake for 10 minutes or until the breadcrumb topping is lightly browned.

Let cool for 5 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

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