Mac and Cheese


Mac and Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. cavatappi pasta (or pasta of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 4 cups milk
  • 6 cups freshly shredded sharp or white Cheddar
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • up to 1 Tablespoon pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup  panko bread crumbs

Procedure

  1. Boil pasta in salted water according to package directions.
  2. Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Sprinkle in flour and whisk and cook 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add in salt and pepper.
  5. Slowly pour in 4 cups milk whisking until smooth and heating to a low boil until thickened.
  6. Do not stop until thick.
  7. Remove from heat.
  8. Grease a 9×13″ baking dish and add the hot pasta to the dish.
  9. Over the top sprinkle 6 cups of freshly shredded cheese.
  10. Pour the thickened cream sauce over the hot pasta and cheese and let it sit until the cheese melts.
  11. Stir everything together.
  12. Melt 2 Tablespoons  butter over medium heat.
  13. Add in panko bread crumbs, stirring constantly 3-5 minutes or until golden brown.
  14. Pour over the mac and cheese.
  15. Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven 12-15 minutes.
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