“Impossible” Pie of macaroni and cheese that makes its own crust while it bakes.
What Are Impossible Pies?
Impossible Pies were a thing in the 1970's, thanks to the folks at Bisquick printing a recipe for one on its boxes. Essentially, you mix up a bunch of ingredients including Bisquick, pour it into a baking dish, and it (impossibly) forms its own crust as it bakes, and two delicious layers of pie. This is obvious in the above picture of this Mac ‘n Cheese Impossible Pie.
But first a quick story on how I found this recipe.
The Secret Recipe Club
This recipe was part of The Secret Recipe Club group I used to be part of. It's since disbanded, but it was a fun group to be part of. Each month, we were secretly assigned another blog in our group. All through the month, we visited our assigned blog searching for kitchen inspiration. We'd make at least one dish, often more than one, and identify other recipes we wanted to try later.
At the end of the month, we celebrated ‘Reveal Day' when we all revealed who had who's blog. It was fun to get to know other bloggers through their food, and always interesting to see what recipes on our own blogs that drew people into the kitchen.
As a bonus, I tried recipes I might not have otherwise noticed in the blur of my day, which turned out to be regulars in my kitchen afterwards.
This Impossible Pie couldn't be easier, and it's guaranteed kid-friendly. And it's the perfect dish for an easy school night dinner, since it takes only 15 minutes of prep on your part. Oh, and it's super flexible.
For example, I added shredded Idaho potatoes to this one, just because. But I made another version without the potatoes, and honestly we all loved both versions.
You'd think that it would bake up like a casserole, but this Impossible Pie bakes up with a creamy quiche-like top layer, with a totally Mac ‘n Cheese bottom layer. So the next time your family wants Mac ‘n Cheese, whip this up for them.
Ingredients for Mac ‘n Cheese Impossible Pie
Macaroni Noodles (uncooked)
I don't know about you, but these are ingredients I always always always have on hand!
Mac 'n Cheese Impossible Pie
- 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 cup uncooked large elbow macaroni Dorothy used a Trottole shape
- 2-1/4 cups 2% milk
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 cup baking mix I used Bisquick
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp Hungarian paprika
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- 1 cup shredded russet potatoes 2 medium potatoes
- 1 Tbsp slivered basil
- Heat oven to 400˚F, and coat a 10-inch pie dish with butter. Place on a baking sheet.
- Mix together the cheese and macaroni in the pie dish. Thorough mix together the remaining ingredients EXCEPT THE BASIL in a 4-cup measuring cup, and pour over the macaroni and cheese. Push down any macaroni on the surface - it must all be covered with liquid.
- Bake for 40 - 50 minutes until the top is all puffy, and the macaroni are completely cooked. A knife inserted into the pie should come out clean. I tented foil over the pie after 20 minutes.
- Allow the pie to cool for 15 minutes before slicing and serving. Sprinkle a little slivered basil over the pie just before serving.
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