Mac and Cheese with Cheesy Garlic Breadcrumbs

Mac and Cheese with Cheesy Garlic Breadcrumbs
Mac and Cheese with Cheesy Garlic Breadcrumbs

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2

    cup unsalted butter, plus more for greasing

  • 1

    lb uncooked medium pasta shells

  • 1

    tsp vegetable oil

  • 5

    tbsp. all purpose flour

  • 5

    cups whole milk

  • 3/4

    lb processed American cheese, roughly torn

  • 3

    cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided

  • 3

    cups shredded gruyere cheese, divided

  • 3/4

    tsp cayenne pepper

  • 1/4

    tsp back pepper

  • 2

    tsp kosher salt

  • Cheesy Garlic Breadcrumbs

  • 4

    slices day old white bread, torn into pieces

  • 3

    tbsp. unsalted butter

  • 3

    cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 1/2

    tsp kosher salt

  • 1/4

    tsp black pepper

  • 3

    tbsp. parm- reggiano cheese

Directions

preheat over to 425. grease a 13x9" baking dish with butter. in a large stockpot of salted boiling water, cook the pasta until al dente, about 11 mins. drain, rinse and toss with oil to prevent sticking. melt 1/2 cup butter in large saucepan over medium-high heat. add the flour and cook, whisking constantly, until mixture turns a light and toasty brown, 5 to 6 mins. Gradually whisk in the milk and bring mixture to a boil. reduce heat to medium and whisk constantly until thickened, 4 to 5 mins. Gradually add the American cheese, 2 1/4 cups cheddar and 2 1/4 cups gruyere to sauce and cook, whisking constantly until smooth, about 5 mins. whisk in the cayenne, black pepper and salt. Stir in cooked pasta and cook until heated through, about 2mins. transfer mixture to prepared baking dish. top with remaining cheese and sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Bake until topping is bubbly, browned and crisp about 8 mins. Cheesy Garlic Breadcrumbs: process the bread in a food processor until finely ground, yielding 4 cups. Heat butter in a large skillet over medium-low until foamy add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant but not brown, 1 to 2 mins. add breadcrumbs, increase heat to medium and cook, stirring often, until toasty and browned, 7 to 9mins. stir in salt and pepper, remove from heat and transfer to a large plate. Cool 5 mins. sprinkle with cheese, and toss to combine.

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