Okay, so this sounds really odd but I think that a good mac and cheese has to have mustard in it.
Good quality mustard.
But okay, I digress.
This is really really easy mac and cheese and it has great flavor due to the aforementioned mustard :)
So, just try it and don't forget the mustard.
Easy Mac and Cheese
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup cottage cheese
2 cups whole milk
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 pound sharp or extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 pound elbow pasta, uncooked
Preheat your oven to 375*.
Use one tablespoon butter to grease a 9" square baking pan.
In a blender, puree cottage cheese, milk, mustard, cayenne, and salt and pepper together. Reserve 1/4 cup grated cheese for topping. In a large bowl, combine remaining grated cheese, milk mixture and uncooked pasta. Pour into prepared pan, cover tightly with foil and bake 30 minutes.
Uncover pan, stir gently, sprinkle with reserved cheese and dot with remaining tablespoon butter. Bake, uncovered, 30 minutes more, until browned. Let cool at least 15 minutes before serving.