Macaroni and Cheese

Recipe & Photo Courtesy of: Baked Bree

Nothing says comfort food like some delicious macaroni and cheese! You’ll want to leave plenty of room on your plate for this tasty side dish.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 pound pasta shells (or any kind of noodle that you like)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 12 ounces of cheese (I used a combination of Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Mozzarella, Provolone, Asiago, Fontina, and Parmesan)
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
For the crumb topping:
  • 3/4 cup Panko crumbs
  • 4 Tablespoons melted butter
  • salt and pepper
  • chives for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain it 2 minutes before it should be done, you want al dente pasta.
  2. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and mustard.
  3. Whisk together for at least one minute.
  4. Pour in the milk. Whisk in the milk and let it come to a boil. When it comes to a boil, reduce the heat to medium to medium low and simmer until the sauce is thickened. It should coat the back of a spoon, maybe 3 minutes more.
  5. Remove the sauce from the heat.
  6. Whisk in the cheeses.
  7. Add the Worcestershire sauce and season generously with salt and pepper.
  8. Add the pasta, give it a toss in the cheese sauce and check for seasoning.
  9. Put the macaroni and cheese in a buttered dish (or in single serving dishes if you would like).
  10. Add the 4 Tablespoons of melted butter to the Panko crumbs and season with salt and pepper. Toss until the crumbs are coated.
  11. Sprinkle the crumbs on top of the macaroni and cheese.
  12. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until the top is golden and bubbly.
  13. Garnish with some chopped chives and serve.

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