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Baked Mac N'Cheesy


Baked Mac N' Cheesy

Servings: 12         Total Cook Time: 45mins

Ingredients

For the mac and cheesy:

  •  1 lb large elbow macaroni
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into small cubes
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

For the Topping:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup panko crumbs
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  •  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish and set aside.
  • Cookthe macaroni until al dente, about 6 minutes. Don’t overcook because the pasta will finish cooking in the oven. Drain and rinse the pasta with cold water. Drain well and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, in a large pot melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add the flour and quickly whisk. Cook for about 3 minutes, whisking frequently, or until smooth and slightly browned. Be careful not to burn the mixture. Add 1 cup of the milk and whisk until well combined and there are no lumps. Add the remaining milk and keep whisking until the mixtures starts to boil.
  • Add the 3 cups cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, salt, and pepper and stir until cheese is melted and smooth.
  • Gently fold the cooked macaroni into the cheese mixture. Pour evenly into the prepared pan.
  • To make the topping, in a medium skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the panko and/or crushed crackers and stir until the crumbs and crackers are coated in butter. Remove from heat and stir in the grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Sprinkle remaining cheddar cheese over the top of the macaroni and then add the panko cracker topping
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly and topping is golden brown. Let the mac and cheese rest for 5 minutes before serving.

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