Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Bake mac and cheese

Ingredients

  • 7 ounces of elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups of shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups of milk
  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons of flour
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup of bread crumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon of paprika

Instructions

  1. Start by cooking the macaroni according to the package directions making sure to salt the water as suggested by the package. This will make the noodles more flavorful. When the noodles are done, pour them in a greased baking dish. I used a 13"x9" oval baking dish.
  2. In a pan melt 1/4 of a cup of butter over medium heat. When butter is melted, pull pan off the heat and mix in 2 1/2 tablespoons of flour to make a paste.
  3. Now put the pan back on the heat and add 3 cups of milk stirring constantly.
  4. When the milk is warm, stir in the 2 cups of sharp cheddar cheese, 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper.
  5. Cook on low stirring constantly until the cheese is melted and the sauce becomes a little thick. Then pour sauce over the cooked macaroni in the dish and stir it around to mix it in.
  6. Sprinkle the top with 1/4 cup of your favorite bread crumbs and 1/4 teaspoon paprika.
  7. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Then let it sit for a few minutes before serving and it will thicken a little bit as it cools off.

Adapted from allrecipes.com

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