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== Preparation Notes ==
 
== Preparation Notes ==
 
Makes 6 to 8 servings.<br>
 
Makes 6 to 8 servings.<br>
* Total time XX minutes
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* Total time 60 minutes
*:Prep time: X minutes
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*:Prep time: grating cheese: 10 minutes (while water boils)
*:Cooking time: XX-YY minutes (some overlap)
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*:Cooking time: pasta: 8-10 minutes, cheese sauce 15 minutes, oven 15-20 minutes (total 35-50 minutes)
* Try this crazy option for some result!
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* You can add butter-soaked bread crumbs to the top and bake/broil an additional 5 minutes if you like.

Revision as of 07:18, 30 October 2019

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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 60 minutes
    Prep time: grating cheese: 10 minutes (while water boils)
    Cooking time: pasta: 8-10 minutes, cheese sauce 15 minutes, oven 15-20 minutes (total 35-50 minutes)
  • You can add butter-soaked bread crumbs to the top and bake/broil an additional 5 minutes if you like.