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Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Mise en place (always)! Pre-heat oven to 350°. Grease a glass casserole dish.
  • Mix together flour, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, pepper, and salt in a bowl. In a separate dish, stir together heavy cream and milk. 
  • Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain. While macaroni is cooking, start on sauce below. 
  • Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Sprinkle flour mixture over melted butter and stir until smooth. Heat on medium-low for 2 minutes, slightly browning. 
  • Add 1/4 cup of cream/milk mixture to saucepan. Stir in (mixture will thicken initially). Slowly add rest of cream/milk mixture, 1/4 cup at a time, stirring well after each addition. Keep it on low heat, not quite a simmer. Continue with low heat, stirring often, for approximately 5 minutes. 
  • Remove sauce from heat. Add cheese by the handful, stirring well after each addition. 
  • Mix cooked macaroni and finished cheese sauce. Spoon into greased glass casserole dish. 
  • Melt last 2 Tbsp. butter. Stir in bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle mixture over top of macaroni. 
  • Bake in 350° oven for approximately 30 minutes or until bubbly and top begins to brown. (If top is browning too much, cover with foil and then continue baking.) 

Notes

***For quick reference, 3/8 is equal to 1/4 plus 1/8.