David’s Ultimate Mac & Cheese-from QVC

David Venable Ultimate Mac and Cheese and his great cookbook. http://recipesforourdailybread.com/2013/06/14/davids-ultimate-mac-cheese-from-qvc/

David Venable Ultimate Mac and Cheese and his great cookbook.

I totally enjoy watching David Venable’s show on QVC called In The Kitchen with David.  I love seeing David review all the new kitchen gadgets, appliances, cookware, food and cookbooks.  He is also from the south and truly loves food.  If you watch him, you already know how much he eats and eats and eats.  All the recipes he has on the show look sooo delicious.  When I saw he had a cookbook, In The Kitchen with David,  with his favorite recipes in it, I was sold.  I knew the recipes must be good.  He sees a lot of food on his show and so must know what is good.  The cookbook is loaded with great Comfort Food recipes and foreword written by Paula Deen.  You know I love Paula!!  So after reading the entire cookbook and drooling over all the great recipes, I decided to make one of my family’s favorite foods, which is also one of David’s favorite foods, the ULTIMATE MACARONI and CHEESE.

Very creamy, cheesy, ooey, gooey, and has a wonderful taste.  It has 5 different types of cheese.

Very creamy, cheesy, ooey, gooey, and has a wonderful taste. It has 5 different types of cheese.

David Venable Ultimate Mac and Cheese hot from the oven.

David Venable Ultimate Mac and Cheese hot from the oven.

I have a great Macaroni and Cheese recipe on my blog but it is more for everyday Macaroni and Cheese.  You will probably already have most of those ingredients on hand.  David’s Macaroni and Cheese is for that special Sunday Dinner or any other special occasion.  You probably will not have all five different types of cheeses on hand.  I know David’s Macaroni and Cheese is sooooooo cheesy and OOEY, GOOEY because of all the different kinds and the amounts of cheese in this dish.

Like David, I too believe it is the Best Macaroni and Cheese I have ever had.  A HANDS DOWN WINNER!!

After the milk cools, add the beaten eggs.

After the milk cools about 5 mintues, add the beaten eggs.

Add the 5 different cheeses to the milk and egg mixture.

Add the 5 different cheeses to the milk and egg mixture.

Add all the seansonings to the melted cheeses.

Add all the seasonings to the melted cheeses.

Add the pasta to the cheese mixture to make the Ultimate Mac and cheese.

Add the pasta to the cheese mixture to make the Ultimate Mac & Cheese.

David Venable Ultimate Mac and Cheese is ready for the oven. Bake 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Add the bacon and bake 10 more minutes.

David Venable’s Ultimate Mac & Cheese is almost ready for the oven.

Add the additional 1/2 cup of Extra Sharp cheddar cheese to the top before baking it

Add the additional 1/2 cup of Extra Sharp cheddar cheese to the top before baking it.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 mintues and then add the crumbled bacon and bake for another 10 minutes.

David’s Ultimate Macaroni and Cheese – I did not change David’s ingredients.  I wanted to see if this is truly the Ultimate Mac and Cheese.  

David’s Ultimate Mac & Cheese-from QVC

David’s Ultimate Mac & Cheese-from QVC

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 pound cavatappi, rotini, or fusilli pasta
  • 3 cups half-and-half
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded extra sharp Cheddar
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded mozzarella
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack
  • 8 ounces Velveeta, cubed
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (I used 1/2 teaspoon because my bacon was peppered bacon).
  • 6 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees.
  2. Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling water with 1 tablespoon salt. The pasta should be tender but firm to the bite (Al dente).
  3. Remove the pasta from the stove and drain it.
  4. While the pasta is cooking, heat the half-and-half in a saucepan over medium heat. Remove the pan from the stove and allow the half-and-half to cool 5 minutes. Remove 2 cups of half-and-half and slowly whisk it into the beaten eggs. Next, add the other cup of half-and-half. This will prevent the eggs from scrambling. (I cheated with this step and used my microwave about 2 minutes).
  5. Add 1 cup of the sharp Cheddar cheese, all the mozzarella, Monterey Jack, Velveeta, and Parmigiano Reggiano, and the cup of milk into the saucepan.
  6. Heat the saucepan on medium-low heat to melt all the cheeses. Do not allow the mixture to boil. (I used the microwave for this step too.)
  7. Add in the mustard, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, the remaining 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper.
  8. Add the pasta into the cheese sauce.
  9. Pour into a 4 quart baking dish.
  10. Add the other 1/2 cup of sharp cheddar to the top of the macaroni and cheese.
  11. Bake for 20 minutes.
  12. Add the crumbled bacon to the top.
  13. Bake for an additional 10 minutes.
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  • Mac & Cheese Hamburger with David Venable's Mac & Cheese

Mac & Cheese Hamburger with David Venable’s Mac & Cheese recipe.   I made this Mac & Cheese to go with the burgers.  My son Casey (16years old) decided to create his own burger with the Mac & Cheese on the burger.

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  • dianeroark September 25, 2014, 4:41 PM

    Victoria,

    Thank you so much for your comment on Recipes for our Daily Bread. Visit QVC.com for more of David’s recipes.

    Blessings,
    Diane Roark

  • victoria September 24, 2014, 8:50 PM

    I’m a diabetes and would like recipe. Please help…love u and I always watch u when u come on…also love when u do the happy dance…hope to hear from u soon..

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