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Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Christina Backhouse

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
250 g macaroni noodles
¼ cup butter
⅓ cup all-purpose flour
3 cups whole milk
285 g old cheddar cheese
½ tsp salt
¾ tsp chili powder
⅛ tsp garlic powder

Directions:
Directions:
Add water and a bit of salt to a large pot and place over high heat for the pasta. While it's heating, prepare the cheese sauce.

In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and continue to whisk and cook for about 2 minutes.
Very slowly add the milk, a little at a time, whisking constantly. Once all the milk has been added, cook, stirring frequently until the sauce thickens, about 10 minutes.

Remove the saucepan from the heat. Add the cheese, salt, ½ tsp of chili powder and garlic powder. Stir until the cheese is melted and all the ingredients are incorporated. Set aside for a minute.

Preheat oven to 350º. Oil or butter an 8-inch square baking dish.

When the pasta water is boiling, add the macaroni and cook for 1 minute less than the package directions indicate. When the pasta is cooked, drain and add to the cheese sauce. Mix gently, but thoroughly.

Spoon the mixture into a prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the top with the chili powder.

Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes, until the sauce has bubbled up around the edges and the top has a nice golden crust. Let sit for a few minutes before serving.

Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
40 minutes
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Don’t skip the chili powder! It complements the cheese perfectly, without over-powering it. Taste your cheese sauce before adding the pasta and add a bit more salt if you think it needs it. Make sure the top of the pasta bakes nicely before removing from the oven.

 

 

 

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