Dessert Macaroni and Cheese! Yes, you read that right! Made with cream cheese, blueberries and vanilla, it’s a sweet take on a classic comfort food.
Similar to bread pudding or rice pudding, Dessert Macaroni and Cheese has a starchy base held together by a baked custard. The idea came to me one day and I figured someone must have made this already. I googled and didn’t find anything, so decided to give it a try.
Well the first go-round was really strange. I made the traditional white sauce (Bechamel) and instead of adding cheddar cheese, as I would do for a savory mac-n-cheese, I added cream cheese, vanilla and sugar. It’s not that it tasted bad, it actually tasted pretty good, but the look and texture was so similar to regular mac-n-cheese that there was a sort of cognitive dissonance between what my eyes were seeing and what my mouth was tasting. My husband had exactly the same reaction.
For round two I made the white sauce separately from the cream cheese base. I mixed the cream cheese, sugar and eggs together for a simple cheesecake-style batter, then combined the two with the cooked pasta. Tossing blueberries into the mix really added lot of flavor and moisture, and also gave the eye a cue that this was dessert.
The blueberries could be switched out for another fruit, and cinnamon, lemon zest or other flavors could be added to change up the flavor.
I really like this dish. Dessert Macaroni and Cheese might seem strange at first, but give it a try and let me know what you think.
Special Equipment: CorningWare baking dish