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Homemade Baked Mac and Cheese Recipe

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Jackie Mignella


16 oz elbow macaroni, cooked
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
6 Tbsp unsalted butter
⅓ cup all purpose flour
3 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
4 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
2 cups Gruyere cheese shredded
salt and pepper to taste
1 cups Panko bread crumbs
4 Tbsp butter, melted
cup parmesan cheese, shredded
tsp smoked or regular paprika

1. Preheat oven 350. Lightly grease a large 3 qt or 4 qt baking dish and set side. Combine shredded cheese in a large bowl and set aside.

2. Cook the pasta on minute shy of al dente according to the package instructions. Remove from heat, drain, and place in a large bowl.

3. Drizzle pasta with olive oil and stir to coat pasta. Set aside to cool while preparing cheese sauce.

4. Melt butter in a deep saucepan, dutch oven or stock pot.

5. Whisk in flour over medium heat and continue whisking for about 1 minute until bubbly and golden.

6. Gradually whisk in the milk and heavy cream until nice and smooth. Continue whisking until you see bubbles on the surface and then continue cooking and whisking for another 2 minutes. Whisk in salt and pepper.

7. Add 2 cups of shredded cheese and whisk until smooth. Add another two cups or shredded cheese and continue whisking until creamy and smooth. Sauce should be nice and thick.

8. Stir in the cooled pasta until combined and pasta is fully coated with the cheese sauce.

9. Pour half of the mac and cheese into the prepared baking dish. Tope with remaining 2 cups of shredded cheese and then the remaining mac and cheese.

10. In small bowl, combine Panko crumbs, parmesan cheese, melted butter and paprika. Sprinkle over the top and bake until bubbly and golden brown about 30 minutes. Serve immediately.

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20 minutes
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Thanksgiving item. Freshly grated cheeses are better than store bought shredded. Has less oil.




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