Macaroni And Cheese With Parmesan Crumb Crust

Macaroni And Cheese With Parmesan Crumb Crust
Macaroni And Cheese With Parmesan Crumb Crust

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

  • 6

    quarts water

  • 1

    pound elbow macaroni

  • 4

    tablespoons butter

  • 1

    clove garlic, minced

  • 3

    tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1/4

    teaspoon Tabasco sauce, plus additional to taste

  • 3

    cups milk

  • 1/2

    cup heavy cream

  • 4

    cups freshly grated sharp Cheddar cheese

  • 1

    teaspoon salt, plus additional to taste

  • 1/2

    teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus additional to taste

  • 1/2

    teaspoon dry mustard

  • Parmesan Crumb Crust***

  • 4

    tablespoons butter

  • 2 1/2

    cups dry bread crumbs

  • 3/4

    cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • 2

    tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Directions

directions Grease a 13 by 9-inch oven proof casserole. In a large pot, bring the water to a boil and cook the macaroni al dente, according to the package directions. Drain the macaroni and stir in 1 tablespoon of the butter. Set it aside. In a 4-quart saucepan, melt the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter. Add the garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add the flour, and whisk until it begins to bubble. Add the 1/4 teaspoon of Tabasco and gradually whisk in the milk, bringing the sauce to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and gradually add the cream, Cheddar cheese, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper, and the mustard, whisking until the cheese has melted and the sauce is smooth. Taste the sauce for seasoning and add additional salt, pepper, or Tabasco. Stir the sauce into the macaroni, and transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish. (At this point the macaroni may be refrigerated for up to 2 days. Allow the casserole to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before baking.) Make the crust. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spread the bread crumbs evenly over the casserole and bake it in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until the pie is bubbling and the crumbs are golden. Parmesan Crumb Crust: In a saute pan, melt the butter. Add the bread crumbs, and toss until they are well coated. Add the cheese and parsley, stirring to combine. Transfer the crumbs to a bowl and refrigerate until ready to use.

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