Rotini and Cheese

  • jeichert1980 Posted: 11/29/10
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    My boyfriend and I loved this recipe. It was a nice switch from the usual tomato based sauce. This is a quick recipe and tasty!

  • Rachel1207 Posted: 10/28/10
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    The picture of this looked so good, I just had to try it. It was worth trying once, but I don't think I'll make it again. Not enough flavor, even with my additions. I had to make a few changes because CL recipes are almost always too bland for my taste. I used half the amount of olive oil, skipped the onion (I HATE onions) and used onion powder mixed with the flour instead. Didn't have dijon mustard so I subbed spicy brown mustard. I used 2% milk because that's what I had. I upped the cheese and peas to a full cup each. I used a spicy 3-pepper blend instead of regular black pepper, plus I added a 1/4 tsp of red pepper flakes and a dash of cayenne. I also used WAY less pasta, and I'm very glad I did. Only used about 2-2 1/2 cups of cooked pasta instead of the 5 cups called for. There's just not enough sauce for all that pasta! Overall, I'm disappointed because I couldn't taste any cheese at all, even though I used sharp cheddar as the recipe called for. The sauce ended up tasting OK, but if I'm making mac and cheese, I want it to taste like CHEESE!

  • JoyRebello Posted: 11/03/10
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    I made this recipe, but with some modifications. I like it the way I made it, but I don't many people would like the original. They might not like mine either, but this is a list of the changes. With the proper tweaking, this could be a good, zippy mac and cheese recipe. 1. Canadian bacon, not regular bacon 2. Increased butter and olive oil by 1 tbsp. each to account for the lack of oil from bacon 3. 1 tsp. minced garlic 4. 3 tsp. Dijon mustard 5. Skim milk 6. 1 c. Cabot 50% reduced fat sharp cheddar (must use very sharp cheddar, regardless) 7. 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper 8. 1 c. green peas

  • ChefAmandaLynn Posted: 11/11/10
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    If you are exspecting mac and cheese you will not like this. It was a good new weeknight pasta recipe, but the sause was not creamy for our tastes. But it did fullfill what I expect from this regular column. Cheap, quick, and easy.

  • vtcooks Posted: 11/12/10
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    Very good. Easy to make. I used skim milk because it is what we had. I really had to keep myself from adding extra cheese, as I LOVE cheese, and I thought it tasted great. This will be added to our weekly meal schedule.

  • Otterstamp Posted: 12/04/10
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    I made several changes to the recipe: I added extra cheese (jack and fontinella) and a few handfuls of chopped kale. It was not too mustardy, grainy, or bland (maybe because of the extra cheese?). Very good the way we made it.

  • dmt4641 Posted: 01/13/11
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    This was a quick, easy and kid-friendly weeknight recipe. Based on reviews, I put in 1/2 of the mustard and upped the cheese a little. Both my husband and 3 yr old gobbled it up. While it is not super cheesy, it still has good flavor from the onions, bacon and mustard with just a hint of cheese flavor. But if you are looking for a creamy cheese sauce, this is not the recipe for you.

  • lakeshorelady Posted: 11/01/10
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    There just wasn't anything that stood out as "delicious." I think the dijon mustard took away from something that could be better. The best part was definitely the bacon.

  • promogal Posted: 10/26/10
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    This is a 3 1/2 star. Good weeknight dinner, tasty.

  • SaraG7 Posted: 11/16/10
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    I found the sauce a bit grainy. This dish tasted good but it wasn't amazing.

  • Pleahy Posted: 10/26/10
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    I thought the recipe was dry and not very cheesy or not much flavor. I know it's supposed to be a lighter version of the mac and cheese, but this had almost no cheesiness.

  • LilySueB Posted: 11/03/10
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    I thought this was a good recipe. It had a tangy mustard flavor, and my boyfriend and I enjoyed it. I only made slight modifications - I used 3 slices of bacon just because two didn't sound like enough, and I used 2% reduced fat milk because that's what I had. I thought it was a delicious spin on mac n cheese. I would make it again. I agree that there isn't much cheesy flavor, but I suppose you could sprinkle more cheddar on top if you prefer. I stuck close to the recipe, and I served it with a colorful green salad.

  • Barkly Posted: 08/05/11
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    If you thought this was going to be mac & cheese, you probably didn't like it. It's a good, quick, easy pasta dish. I used diced ham, left out the tbsp of butter, and used skim milk. I cut the recipe in half, but it still made 4 servings...2 dinner portions & 2 smaller next day lunch portions. I even weighed the pasta, so know that I didn't use extra.

  • ashley57 Posted: 10/29/11
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    From the picture I was expecting so much more:( All the different flavors together was a little too confusing for my taste. I didn't expect nor think it was anything like Mac n' Cheese. I was expecting to be able to hide the taste of the peas from my kids-it didn't work.

  • Clobberella422 Posted: 02/01/12
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    I really tried with this one. I added extra bacon, extra cheese and extra garlic, and none of that was enough, so I then tried a can of tomatoes and some Italian seasoning, but no matter what, there was still something off about it. It wasn't just the flavor (or lack thereof) but the texture. It almost seemed processed, like it came from a box with a powdered sauce mix. I really don't know how that's possible, but there you have it. I will definitely not make this again, as the amount of tweaking required to make it palatable would just make an entirely different recipe.

  • quinns16 Posted: 09/06/12
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    Though some reviewers thought this dish was bland, I thought just the opposite! I think it had TONS of great flavor! It was easy and actually had more complex flavor than I thought it would. Super yummy!!!

  • MMowry Posted: 03/25/14
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    Like a lot of other reviewers said, this recipe was just ho-hum, even after adding some extra seasoning and hot sauce. Even though it was really simple, I wouldn't make again.

  • piggywiggy Posted: 11/20/13
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    After reading the reviews, I was a little hesitant to make this but I tried it anyway. My husband and two kids loved it. They even ate the peas. I followed the recipe fairly closely except for adding extra garlic, four pieces of bacon instead of two and a little more salt and pepper. I can see how some reviewers might think of the flavor as "bland" but the extra ingredients seemed to take care of that, as everybody wanted seconds and said they loved the flavor. I will be making this again.

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