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The Best Mac and Cheese Ever (Not as Best if not made in Philadelphia region)

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Serves 6 | Prep Time 20 | Cook Time 30


Box of macaroni
1 1/4 lbs Cooper Sharp Cheddar
Splash of milk
Sprinkling of paprika

Boil water in a pot. Add mac and salt and cook until al dente.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Drain mac and add back to hot pot. Add splash of milk and tear up 4-6 slices of cheese (leave enough to line several layers in dish). Stir up over low heat until cheese kind of melts.

Grease a deep baking dish with olive oil. Line bottom with one layer of cheese slices.

Add a thin layer of mac, and another layer of cheese slices. Repeat until all mac is used (usually 3-4 layers of mac, but it depends on dish size).

Top with last layer of cheese and a sprinkling of paprika. Cover with foil and put in oven for 20 minutes.

Take foil off and bake another 10 minutes.

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I love pasta, I love cheese...that about explains it all. I'd been making it for a few years in Pgh, but on a visit to Moms in Philly, we got Cooper Sharp at Shoprite...and it just took the dish to a whole new level. Sadly, Cooper Sharp Cheddar is a Philly-region thing...other sharp cheddars work, but it doesn't have that special zingbamadawow or whatever you wanna call it.

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