Jack's Urban Eats Copycat Macaroni & Cheese

Sunday, August 21, 2011

I know - it's been so long since a post, but exciting things have been going on behind the scenes.  The hubby and I made an offer on a house that was actually accepted, so we're in the process of finalizing inspections, etc. on it. House-hunting has consumed our lives over the past month, which has led me to neglect pretty much everything else.  So, ladies & gents, this could be the new One Butt Kitchen!

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The picture above was from the real estate listing, but I do love the yellow. I think it will still qualify as a One Butt Kitchen because it's just small enough to force me to kick the husband out when I'm cooking.  On the flip-side, it's so much roomier than what I have now!  And it even has a large breakfast nook (not pictured).

So, the title of this blog?  I've been working hard to copy "Jack's Urban Eats" macaroni & cheese recipe.   The hubby just loves it and gets a double order every time we go.  For those not in California, Jacks is a restaurant native to Northern California.  How to describe it? You can get fresh tossed salads, sliced turkey, steaks, chicken, sandwiches, etc.  But like I said, we go for the macaroni & cheese....until....

I've been working on this recipe for the past few months and I finally think I got it.  So here you go:

8 ounces elbow macaroni (chifferi)
3 slices american cheese - (Kraft Singles)
2 tbsp butter (we use Smart Balance)
1/2 cup milk (we use 2%)
Salt (to taste)

Boil the macaroni according to directions.

In the meantime, break up the american cheese slices into small bits.

Drain macaroni and place back in pot. Add cheese, butter and milk.

Stir over low heat until everything is combined.  Add salt to taste.  Serve!  :)

PS: If the "sauce" is a bit soupy, you did GOOD!

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12 comments:

Anonymous said...

this was so great!! a little too soupy when i made it but i think i'll use a bit less milk and a little more cheese next time. i'm from sacramento but my husband is a marine so we're stationed down in so cal and i've missed jacks so much!

One-Butt-Kitchen said...

I'm so happy you liked it! We haven't been to Jack's in awhile, but this manages to take care of cravings. :D

Anonymous said...

I'm wondering where to buy the Mac pasta with ridges like Jack's. Also, are you sure their recipe uses American cheese only? I figure that's how they make it look more like a cheese sauce than melted cheese, but I thought maybe something with a bite to it...and a bit of heavy whip or half n half. What do u think?

One-Butt-Kitchen said...

Nope - I'm not sure they only use American, but this was the closest we (my hubby and I) could come to with the taste. Half n half sounds yummy! I will try that next time.

One-Butt-Kitchen said...

PS: I haven't had luck finding that particular pasta, but we've used penne (with ridges) and it's done well. It's not for lack of trying either - that pasta is tough to find!

Anonymous said...

I'm excited to try this recipe! I can't find that type of pasta ANYWHERE and its my favorite not only for Jacks but for all sauces. It's a bummer but I'm always searching for it.

Anonymous said...

My son's favorite. Thank you!!!
Oh, and I have only been able to find the pasta Jack's uses at Safeway/Vons. Try Barilla Cellentani :)

Piinktiink said...

They actually use at least 4 different cheeses I can't remember what types but I think white cheddar is one and there are some fancy ones too.

Piinktiink said...

They actually use at least 4 different cheeses I can't remember what types but I think white cheddar is one and there are some fancy ones too.

Anonymous said...

An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto a co-worker who has
been doing a little research on this. And he actually
bought me breakfast simply because I found it for him.
.. lol. So let me reword this.... Thank YOU for the meal!
! But yeah, thanx for spending time to talk about this issue here on your site.


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fethiye said...

This is the shape hey use in Jack's. And you can find this in Safeway :)

http://www.barilla.com/content/product/cellentani

Steph T said...

Ive looked at every grocery store and because of the comments, found the noodles at Safeway. I couldnt figure out how they made the sauce so saucy! This is a great start. Thanks! Steph from Sacramento.

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