Macarronada com Requeijão (or Brazilian Mac and Cheese)… It has been a long time since I have made this extremely cheesy, yummy dish. I still lived in Brazil, which means that it was about 10 years ago. Oh, boy! Time goes by so fast…
Macarronada used to be one of my favorite pasta dishes, because it is quick, complete, and a real crowd-pleaser. It even reminds me a bit of the very popular American Macaroni and Cheese that I so love.
It is indeed an excellent option either for a single person working long hours (me in Brazil) or for a full-time mother having to drive kids everywhere (me now). macarronada
If I told you that today was the first time that my husband tasted this macarronada com requeijão (Brazilian Mac and Cheese) and fell in love with this dish, would you believe it? He was so thrilled that I will have to make it again and again. Actually, I don’t even know why I took so long to make it here for the first time. Maybe it is because one of its key ingredients is not available everywhere in the United States. But it is not hard to find either. I think I was just being lazy. Well, the cream cheese spread in a jar (requeijão as we say in Brazil, or queso fundido as the Spanish-speakers here say) can be found refrigerated in Latin or Middle-Eastern supermarkets under different brands. This one is from Egypt!
It has a very creamy texture and can be simply spread on toast, Brazilian Cheese Rolls, or incorporated into a variety of dishes.
Give both the cheese spread and the penne pasta macarronada a try, and you will not regret it…. Actually, my only fear is that you may become rather addicted — to both. 🙂