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INGREDIENTS
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[[Category:recipes|Recipe Template]]
1 lb. dried elbow pasta (big, with ridges works well)
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== Commentary ==
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
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You want baked mac and cheese? I GOT YOUR BAKED MAC AND CHEESE RIGHT HERE!
1/2 cup all purpose flour
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2 1/2 cups whole milk
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1 1/2 cups half and half
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(OR 3 cups milk, 1 cup heavy cream, or probably it's fine with all 4 cups milk)
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1 lb jack cheese
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1 lb sharp cheddar
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1/2 to 1 lb gouda (or gruyere if you like)
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1/2 Tbsp. salt (more to taste)
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1/2 tsp. black pepper
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1/2 tsp. paprika
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1/2 tsp. powdered garlic
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== Ingredients ==
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* 1 lb. dried elbow pasta (big, with ridges works well)
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* 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
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* 1/2 cup all purpose flour
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* 2 1/2 cups whole milk
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* 1 1/2 cups half and half
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:- (OR 3 cups milk, 1 cup heavy cream, or probably it's fine with all 4 cups milk)
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* 1 lb jack cheese
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* 1 lb sharp cheddar
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* 1/2 to 1 lb gouda (or gruyere if you like)
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* 1/2 Tbsp. salt (more to taste)
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* 1/2 tsp. black pepper
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* 1/2 tsp. paprika
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* 1/2 tsp. powdered garlic
  
INSTRUCTIONS
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== Directions ==
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and grease a 3 qt baking dish (9x13").  Set aside.
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# Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and grease a 3 qt baking dish (9x13").  Set aside.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  When boiling, add dried pasta and cook 1 minute less than the package directs for al dente.  Drain and drizzle with a little bit of olive oil to keep from sticking.
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# Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  When boiling, add dried pasta and cook 1 minute less than the package directs for al dente.  Drain and drizzle with a little bit of olive oil to keep from sticking.
While water is coming up to a boil, grate cheeses and toss together to mix, then divide into three piles.  Approximately 3 cups for the sauce, 1 1/2 cups for the inner layer, and 1 1/2 cups for the topping.
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# While water is coming up to a boil, grate cheeses and toss together to mix, then divide into three piles.  Approximately 3 cups for the sauce, 1 1/2 cups for the inner layer, and 1 1/2 cups for the topping.
Melt butter in a large saucepan over MED heat.  Sprinkle in flour and whisk to combine.  Mixture will look like very wet sand.  Cook for approximately 1 minute, whisking often.  Slowly pour in about 2 cups or so of the milk/half and half, while whisking constantly, until smooth.  Slowly pour in the remaining milk/half and half, while whisking constantly, until combined and smooth.
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# Melt butter in a large saucepan over MED heat.  Sprinkle in flour and whisk to combine.  Mixture will look like very wet sand.  Cook for approximately 1 minute, whisking often.  Slowly pour in about 2 cups or so of the milk/half and half, while whisking constantly, until smooth.  Slowly pour in the remaining milk/half and half, while whisking constantly, until combined and smooth.
Continue to heat over MED heat, whisking very often, until thickened to a very thick consistency.  It should almost be the consistency of a semi thinned out condensed soup.
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# Continue to heat over MED heat, whisking very often, until thickened to a very thick consistency.  It should almost be the consistency of a semi thinned out condensed soup.
Stir in spices and 1 1/2 cups of the cheeses, stirring to melt and combine.  Stir in another 1 1/2 cups of cheese, and stir until completely melted and smooth.
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# Stir in spices and 1 1/2 cups of the cheeses, stirring to melt and combine.  Stir in another 1 1/2 cups of cheese, and stir until completely melted and smooth.
In a large mixing bowl, combine drained pasta with cheese sauce, stirring to combine fully.  Pour half of the pasta mixture into the prepared baking dish.  Top with 1 1/2 cups of grated cheeses, then top that with the remaining pasta mixture.
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# In a large mixing bowl, combine drained pasta with cheese sauce, stirring to combine fully.  Pour half of the pasta mixture into the prepared baking dish.  Top with 1 1/2 cups of grated cheeses, then top that with the remaining pasta mixture.
Sprinkle the top with the last 1 1/2 cups of cheese and bake for 15 minutes, until cheesy is bubbly and lightly golden brown.
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# Sprinkle the top with the last 1 1/2 cups of cheese and bake for 15-20 minutes, until cheesy is bubbly and lightly golden brown.
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== Preparation Notes ==
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Makes 6 to 8 servings.<br>
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* Total time XX minutes
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*:Prep time: X minutes
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*:Cooking time: XX-YY minutes (some overlap)
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* Try this crazy option for some result!

Revision as of 07:06, 30 October 2019

Commentary

You want baked mac and cheese? I GOT YOUR BAKED MAC AND CHEESE RIGHT HERE!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. dried elbow pasta (big, with ridges works well)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
- (OR 3 cups milk, 1 cup heavy cream, or probably it's fine with all 4 cups milk)
  • 1 lb jack cheese
  • 1 lb sharp cheddar
  • 1/2 to 1 lb gouda (or gruyere if you like)
  • 1/2 Tbsp. salt (more to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. powdered garlic

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and grease a 3 qt baking dish (9x13"). Set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. When boiling, add dried pasta and cook 1 minute less than the package directs for al dente. Drain and drizzle with a little bit of olive oil to keep from sticking.
  3. While water is coming up to a boil, grate cheeses and toss together to mix, then divide into three piles. Approximately 3 cups for the sauce, 1 1/2 cups for the inner layer, and 1 1/2 cups for the topping.
  4. Melt butter in a large saucepan over MED heat. Sprinkle in flour and whisk to combine. Mixture will look like very wet sand. Cook for approximately 1 minute, whisking often. Slowly pour in about 2 cups or so of the milk/half and half, while whisking constantly, until smooth. Slowly pour in the remaining milk/half and half, while whisking constantly, until combined and smooth.
  5. Continue to heat over MED heat, whisking very often, until thickened to a very thick consistency. It should almost be the consistency of a semi thinned out condensed soup.
  6. Stir in spices and 1 1/2 cups of the cheeses, stirring to melt and combine. Stir in another 1 1/2 cups of cheese, and stir until completely melted and smooth.
  7. In a large mixing bowl, combine drained pasta with cheese sauce, stirring to combine fully. Pour half of the pasta mixture into the prepared baking dish. Top with 1 1/2 cups of grated cheeses, then top that with the remaining pasta mixture.
  8. Sprinkle the top with the last 1 1/2 cups of cheese and bake for 15-20 minutes, until cheesy is bubbly and lightly golden brown.

Preparation Notes

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

  • Total time XX minutes
    Prep time: X minutes
    Cooking time: XX-YY minutes (some overlap)
  • Try this crazy option for some result!