French Style Mac-N- Cheese & A Giveaway!

Mac and cheese is a food that I ate lots of growing up. It was never any type of gourmet style mac and cheese though, just a certain blue box version that had a neon colored cheese powder with it. As Ive gotten older and my palette has changed, that kind of mac and cheese really doesnt appeal to me very much anymore. Dont get me wrong though, occasionally Ill still have a small portion with my dinner when Jeremy asks for it.


1 lb penne pasta

1 clove garlic, peeled and halved

5 tbsp butter

2 tbsp flour

2 cups milk

salt and pepper

pinch of nutmeg

1 1/2 cups gruyere cheese, shredded

1/3 lb brie cheese, rind removed, cut into chunks

1 tbsp dijon mustard

2 tbsp thyme leaves plus additional for garnish

big chunk of a french baguette

handful of italian parsley, roughly chopped


Preheat broiler.

Bring large pot of water to a rolling boil. Heavily salt the water. Drop pasta and cook to al dente.

Rub inside of of saucepot with cut sides of garlic. Heat pot over med heat. Melt in 3 tbsp butter. Stir in flour and cook out 1 min. Whisk in milk and cook to thicken. Season sauce with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Stir in cheese to melt. Add in mustard and thyme leaves. Remove from heat.

Drain pasta and put it back in hot pot. Pour cheese sauce over pasta and toss to combine.

Melt 2 tbsp butter in microwave. In food processor, pulse baguette until you get some chunky breadcrumbs. Toss breadcrumbs with butter and parsley.

Place pasta in casserole dish. Top with breadcrumbs and a sprinke of thyme leaves. Place mac and cheese under broiler for about 2 mins.


Now, onto my giveaway. This will be my first one and Im so excited! This isnt a food related giveaway though. Not long ago I ordered some stuff from Forever21 and accidentally ordered 2 of the exact same beret so Im passing along the extra one to one lucky reader! I even made a french style meal to set the mood! LOL  Even if this isnt your style, you can always enter and give it away to someone for Christmas!

To enter this giveaway leave me a comment  by Friday Nov. 13  answering this question:

What is your favorite thing about Thanksgiving???

The winner will be decided by Good Luck!!!



26 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mic
    Nov 08, 2009 @ 22:14:01

    family gatherings and pecan pies!


  2. Amy
    Nov 08, 2009 @ 22:19:58

    My favorite thing about Thanksgiving is my dad’s Pork Pie


  3. Jackie
    Nov 08, 2009 @ 22:23:07

    My favorite thing about Thanksgiving is eating a yummy dinner with my wonderful family.


  4. Chas
    Nov 08, 2009 @ 22:31:41

    Leftover turkey sandwiches, made on rolls with gravy and cranberries!


  5. EHayes
    Nov 08, 2009 @ 22:42:37

    hands down, Cran- Apple Stuffing


  6. Mary Ann
    Nov 09, 2009 @ 00:35:06

    Family, gatherings, tasty food smells


  7. Julie
    Nov 09, 2009 @ 00:45:30

    The best thing about Thanksgiving is spending time with my family and stuffing our faces with delcious turkey and all the fixings.


  8. Pilla
    Nov 09, 2009 @ 01:23:04

    Watching everyone fight to get the first plate of food.


  9. Kathy
    Nov 09, 2009 @ 01:49:10

    My husband’s maple bacon turkey. mmmm… oh and the after food coma where the whole family passes out in the living room. 😀


  10. AprilLynn
    Nov 09, 2009 @ 06:22:15

    hands down. Green bean caserole! Makes me hungry just thinking about it.


  11. Renee G
    Nov 09, 2009 @ 07:08:57

    My favorite thing about Thanksgiving is leftovers.


  12. maria
    Nov 09, 2009 @ 16:48:31

    my favorite thing about thanksgiving is pumpkin pie and my mom’s stuffing!


  13. Tara
    Nov 09, 2009 @ 23:41:19

    My favorite thing about Thanksgiving is being with family and my mom’s turnips mixed with mashed potatoes.


  14. Rin
    Nov 10, 2009 @ 21:51:12

    Going home… there are so many good things about that, I don’t even need to list anything else!


  15. Nikki
    Nov 12, 2009 @ 22:11:03

    My favorite thing about Thanksgiving is hanging out with family members and laughing about old stories and memories.. and of course, the turkey-induced naps post-meal!


  16. Andi
    Nov 12, 2009 @ 22:14:04

    I love thanksgiving because it is a great time with family, where you don’t have the pressure of having to buy everyone gifts. It is a day free of stress, unless you’re the one cooking.


  17. Veronika
    Nov 12, 2009 @ 22:17:52

    My favorite thing about Thanksgiving is having the time to relax with family and enjoy a great home-cooked meal!


  18. Ashlee
    Nov 12, 2009 @ 22:33:19

    Family and football. I have such a huge extended family with siblings adopted from all over the world, it’s nice to sit down and have some good ole’ fashioned crazy time with everyone!!


  19. Cristin
    Nov 12, 2009 @ 22:37:32

    Mashed potatoes. AMAZING! 🙂


  20. Becky
    Nov 12, 2009 @ 22:51:30

    My favorite things are apple pie and cheesy potatoes.


  21. Lindsey
    Nov 13, 2009 @ 00:58:58

    Green Bean Casserole!!


  22. Elizabeth
    Nov 13, 2009 @ 01:07:56

    My favorite thing about Thanksgiving is hosting it! I love showing off my Martha Stewart side!


  23. Shannon
    Nov 13, 2009 @ 01:08:51

    Spending time with my family without a rush to have to be anywhere afterwards!


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