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Mac n Cheese Pie

This pie recipe came to me in a dream. I know this decadence is absolutely unnecessary, but I figure if you’re going to fill a pie, just fill it with gold. Pure, cheesy gold. I made this for Pi Day. Get it? 3.14, March 14?!? Ok, you get it.

ingredients:
Pie dough
1 pound small pasta (elbows or shells)
2 Tablespoons butter
3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper
1-1/2 cups cheddar or jack cheese

In a large pot of boiling water, cook the pasta according to package. Drain. DO NOT rinse.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and ready a pie pan laying down the pie dough for the bottom. You can make it from scratch (recipe, here) or buy it. Whatever makes you happy. I keep a bunch in my freezer and just roll it out as needed. Set aside.

In a saucepan, melt the 2 Tablespoons of butter over medium heat, add the flour and stir constantly until combined – cooking through for about 2 minutes.

Add the milk and heavy cream and bring to a boil for about 2 minutes, take off the heat and add the mustard, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Add the cheese and stir until thickened and combined.

Mix the pasta with the cheese sauce and pour into the pie pan on top of the dough.

Cover with a second rolled out pie dough. You can pinch the edges, I also like to use a fork and just go around the outside.

Brush the top of the dough with an egg wash and sprinkle with just a touch of sea salt. Cut a little slit in the center to let out some of the steam. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes until browned. Let cool slightly and serve.

Important step: don’t let your child try and steal the pie while you are taking pictures.

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9 Responses to “Mac n Cheese Pie”

  1. hello!
    how awesome – mac and cheese IN pie! pre-made pie dough is my friend!

    there used to be a math teacher at my work who used to celebrate “Pi Day”. Anyone who could recite the first 10 places of pi would get a piece of pie!

  2. Lindsey says:

    This is crazy and I love it! It’s a carb dream, ooh what about a crumble topping with breadcrumbs and other mix ins. YUM!

  3. Steve says:

    Those are great! We had pi day at school today. I think I ate my weight in sugary pies.

  4. Darcy says:

    The pie looks great, but I have to admit I am more impressed with your Pez dispenser collection! How cute!

  5. Sandra E.A says:

    this is pure genius

  6. michael mannion says:

    they are quite common place where i live. and brilliant

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macaroni_pie

  7. love it! carbs baby!

  8. Melinda says:

    Long time reader, first time commentor. This is probably a really dumb question, but the mac n cheese part could probably stand alone, right? Minus the pie? I’ve tried lots of mac n cheese recipes and none have been quite right.
    I love this blog! I aspire to be as good of a cook as you…I’ve got a long way to go.

  9. justJENN says:

    @Melinda
    YES. Absolutely, that is actually my Mac N Cheese recipe, I just never put it as a stand alone recipe – but it’s on my list of things to do! Thanks for reading!

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