mac-n-cheese_FG1I tried mac n’ cheese for the first time years ago while I was on a date with my husband-to-be at a hip West Village restaurant. He ordered a dish with three varieties of gourmet mac n’ cheese, but I wasn’t impressed at the time. However, over the years I have come appreciate the dish as one of the great comfort foods – it can be really amazing if it’s done right, and I think garnishing to add color (such as the green from parsley) is an important touch.

I usually eat fairly healthy, so I only really indulge in mac n cheese once or twice a year. It’s an annual staple for Thanksgiving.

Mac n' cheese
Serves 8
515 calories
35 g
89 g
30 g
26 g
18 g
181 g
686 g
4 g
0 g
9 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 515
Calories from Fat 265
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g
Saturated Fat 18g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 89mg
Sodium 686mg
Total Carbohydrates 35g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 4g
Protein 26g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. • 8 ounces (227 grams) elbow macaroni
  2. • 4 ounces (227 grams) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  3. • 4 ounces (227 grams) shredded mozzarella cheese
  4. • 12 ounces (340 grams) cottage cheese
  5. • 8 ounces (227 grams) sour cream
  6. • ¼ cup (60 ml) grated Parmesan cheese
  7. • Salt and pepper
  8. • 1 cup (237 ml) dry breadcrumbs (make your own to avoid artificial ingredients, see recipe here)
  9. • 4 tablespoons butter
  10. • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 350 deg F (175 deg C).
  2. 2. Bring a pot of water to a boil, add pasta and a little salt, and cook until done and then drain.
  3. 3. Stir together macaroni, shredded cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, salt and pepper. Add mixture to a 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish, or to eight individual 4-inch diameter baking dishes.
  4. 4. In a small bowl, mix together breadcrumbs and melted butter. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs followed by the Parmesan cheese over the macaroni mixture.
  5. 5. Bake 30- 35 minutes, or until the top is golden and crisp.
  6. 6. Sprinkle the mac and cheese with parsley and serve.


Tina Diep

I LOVE FOOD and better yet I LOVE TO COOK.

I can thank my Vietnamese roots. Vietnamese people use a great amount of time cooking and eating, traits which they have learned from their families. Everyone seems to know how to cook, and they are adept at picking fresh and quality foods from the market. Food is a priority in Vietnam – if you eat well, you live well.

I was born in Denmark, and in my mind I am a true Dane. Danish people cook a lot as well, but they prefer to spend less time in the kitchen and more time at the table. I consider myself Vietnamese from a culinary standpoint and Danish from a cultural standpoint (and I live in New York, which is a Mecca for foodies).

My mum is a great cook, she taught me how to chop vegetables and how to just randomly throw things together and somehow get an awesome meal. She makes cooking seem like art, and she is my inspiration for DiepLicious cooking.

My husband loves food as well and he has a great appetite. Cooking for him is a real joy. He has a great interest in everything that concerns health, and loves to point out specific foods and why they are good for you to eat. I will share his knowledge with you. He makes my cooking more challenging, but also a lot healthier.

I offer you one Golden Rule: to enjoy food fully, always taste the food even if you don’t like it. For me it takes a couple of tries to get to know the real flavor.


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