Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese

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  • Prep Time

    minutes

  • Total Time

    minutes

  • Servings

    servings


Ingredients

  • For topping

  • ½

    stick unsalted butter

  • 2

    cups panko (coarse Japanese bread crumbs) or 3 cups coarse fresh bread crumbs (from 6 slices firm white sandwich bread)

  • ¼

    pound coarsely grated extra-sharp Cheddar (1½ cups)

  • ½

    cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

  • For macaroni and sauce

  • 1

    stick unsalted butter

  • 6

    tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 5

    cups whole milk

  • 1

    pound coarsely grated extra-sharp Cheddar (6 cups)

  • ½

    cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

  • 1

    pound elbow macaroni

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Directions

active time: 35 min total time: 1 1/4 hr The toasted crumbs on top have a cheesy crispness, and the pasta beneath is creamy and rich. Kids will appreciate the individual servings, but... more › preparation Make topping: Preheat oven to 400°F with rack in middle. Melt butter, then stir together with panko and topping cheeses in a bowl until combined well. Make sauce: Melt butter in a heavy medium saucepan over medium-low heat and stir in flour. Cook roux, stirring, 3 minutes, then whisk in milk. Bring sauce to a boil, whisking constantly, then simmer, whisking occasionally, 3 minutes. Stir in cheeses, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper until smooth. Remove from heat and cover surface of sauce with wax paper. Make Macaroni: Cook macaroni in a pasta pot of boiling salted water (2 tablespoons salt for 4 quarts water) until al dente. Reserve 1 cup cooking water and drain macaroni in a colander. Stir together macaroni, reserved cooking water, and sauce in a large bowl. Transfer to 2 buttered 2-quart shallow baking dishes. Sprinkle topping evenly over macaroni and bake until golden and bubbling, 20 to 25 minutes. Cooks' notes: · Topping can be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered. · Half of dish can be baked in 10 (6- to 8-ounce) ramekins for children (with remaining half baked in a 2-quart baking dish for adults). Read More http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Macaroni-and-Cheese-239270#ixzz1ClY1lOoo


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