Ingredients

How to make it

  • It's crucial to cook the pasta until tender that is, just past the al dente stage. Whole, low fat, and skim milk all work well in this recipe. The recipe may be halved and baked in an 8 inch square, broiler safe baking dish. If desired, offer celery salt or hot sauce (such as Tabasco) for sprinkling at the table.
  • 1. FOR THE BREAD CRUMBS: Pulse the bread and butter in a food processor until the crumbs are no larger than 1/8 inch, ten to fifteen 1 second pulses. Set aside.
  • 2. FOR THE PASTA AND CHEESE: Adjust an oven rack to the lower middle position and heat the broiler. Bring 4 quarts water to a rolling boil in a stockpot. Add 1 tablespoon of the salt and the macaroni and stir to separate the noodles. Cook until tender, drain, and set aside.
  • 3. In the now empty stockpot, heat the butter over medium high heat until foaming. Add the flour, mustard, cayenne (if using), and remaining 1 teaspoon salt and whisk well to combine. Continue whisking until the mixture becomes fragrant and deepens in color, about 1 minute. Whisking constantly, gradually add the milk; bring the mixture to a boil, whisking constantly (the mixture must reach a full boil to fully thicken), then reduce the heat to medium and simmer, whisking occasionally, until thickened to the consistency of heavy cream, about 5 minutes. Off the heat, whisk in the cheeses until fully melted. Add the pasta and cook over medium low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is steaming and heated through, about 6 minutes.
  • 4. Transfer the mixture to a broiler safe 13 by 9 inch baking dish and sprinkle with the bread crumbs. Broil until deep golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Cool 5 minutes, then serve.

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  • dmajor 6 years ago
    I also like mac and cheese, I guess the note would be the different types of milk you can use? Sounds good!
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  • possumqueen 6 years ago
    Want to make this - I might be missin it, but what's the note for the 5 cups of milk?
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  • daking 6 years ago
    Whew, high fat - which means DELICIOUS if you ask me. I am going to try this real soon, my fiance loves mac and cheese - so do the kiddos !
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  • possumqueen 6 years ago
    Love me some mac and cheese! Saved it to try!
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