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Lauren Dooling

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This recipe was really good and made a lot of servings. I only changed minor things in order to make it even easier like I used Colby jack grated cheese instead of Gruyere. Another change I made was when putting it into a pan to cook in the oven, I put in all the pasta that had been cooked and I put some of the grated cheese on top and then added the cheese mixture on top of that and mixed it instead of doing this in separate layers. The only problems I had originally is the thickness of the cheese mixture on the burner and once you add the grated cheese to it, the mixture will become thicker if it hasn’t already. This was a simple and delicious recipe that I will definitely make again.  

Ingredients 

  • 1 lb. dried elbow pasta 
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 stick 
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk 
  • 2 1/2 cups half and half 
  • 4 cups grated medium sharp cheddar cheese divided 
  • 2 cups grated Gruyere cheese divided 
  • 1/2 Tbsp. salt 
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper 
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika 

 

Steps: 

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and grease a baking dish (9×13″). 
  2. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and then add the pasta but cook a minute less than what is listed on the package. Once it is cooked drain the pasta and mix some olive oil in it to prevent sticking.
  3. While pasta cooks grate you cheeses and mix them into a bowl together. You will add 3 cups of the mixture to the sauce and 3 cups onto the cooked pasta before placing it in the oven. 
  4. In a saucepan melt the butter. Once it is melted put in flour and then whisking, cook for about one minute but make sure to whisk often.  
  5. Then put about 2 cups of the half and half and about a cup of milk into the same saucepan and whisk often to combine. Once that is smooth add the rest of the milk and half and half while you continue to whisk. You should whisk this mixture until it is thick. 
  6. Put in the spices and about 1 ½ cups of the grated cheese milk and stir to combine those into the sauce just made. The put in the other 1 ½ cups cheese, stirring to melt the cheese and make sure the sauce is combined. 
  7. Put the cooked pasta in the baking dish, put the 3 cups of cheese on top of it and then add the cheese sauce mixture. Stir the pasta in order to combine all parts. 
  8. Sprinkle any cheese that is desired on the top of the pasta and bake for about 15 minutes, until the macaroni and cheese is golden brown, and cheese is melted and bubbly 
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