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Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Lisa Umholtz
Added: Thursday, November 6, 2008

Category:
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Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
Topping:
6 slices white sandwich bread torn into rough pieces (about 6 oz)
3 tbsp unsalted butter (cold) cut into 6 pieces

Pasta and cheese:
1 pound of elbow macaroni
1 tbsp salt
5 tbsp unsalted butter
6 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp powdered mustard
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
5 cups milk (skim, low fat or whole)
8 oz Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
8 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 tsp salt

Directions:
Directions:
Bread crumbs: Pulse bread and butter in food processor until crumbs are no larger than 1/8 inch, ten to fifteen 1 second pulses. Set aside.

Pasta and cheese:
Put oven rack to lower-middle position and heat broiler. Bring 4 quarts water to a boil. Add macaroni and add 1 tbsp salt; cook until pasta is tender. Drain pasta and set aside in colander.
In Dutch oven, heat butter over medium-high heat until foaming. Add flour, mustard and cayenne; whisk well to combine. Whisk for about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk; bring mixture to a boil while whisking constantly. Reduce heat to medium and simmer, whisking occasionally, until mixture is thickness of heavy cream (approx 5 minutes). Off the heat, whisk in cheeses and 1 tsp salt until cheeses are fully melted. Add pasta and cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until mixture is steaming and heated through, about 6 minutes.
Transfer mixture to a 9 x 13 inch baking dish and sprinkle evenly with bread crumbs. Broil until crumbs are deep golden brown, 3-5 minutes. Rotate pan if needed for even browning.
Cool about 5 minutes, then serve. Celery salt or tabasco can be offered to sprinkle on top .

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Personal Notes:
From our favorite cooking source: Cook's Illustrated.

 

 

 

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