Delicious Macaroni and Cheese

Chemotherapy and radiation can often leave a cancer patient with a sore mouth and nausea that make it difficult to eat and get the proper nutrition. This is the ultimate comfort food—a nearly foolproof way to pique the appetite. Plus, the softness of this dish makes it easy for patients with mouth sores to eat. This dish cooks very quickly because the pasta actually cooks in the sauce, so cooks can dedicate more time to caring for their loved one and less time in the kitchen.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup regular cottage cheese (not low-fat)
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pound grated sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 cup bread crumbs (we also like cracker crumbs)
  • 1 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ pound uncooked macaroni

Directions:

  • Heat the oven to 375 degrees and coat an 8×8 baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Combine milk, cottage cheese, dry mustard, and salt and pepper in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  • In a bowl, combine 1 cup cheddar cheese, bread crumbs, and Parmesan cheese.
  • In another bowl, combine remaining cheddar, milk mixture, and pasta. Pour into pan and cover with foil.
  • Bake 30 minutes. Stir gently and top with cheese and breadcrumb mixture.
  • Uncover and bake for 20 more minutes, or until just set.
  • Cool 10 minutes before serving.

This recipe has been adapted from the American Cancer Society.

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