Gourmet Baked Macaroni and Cheese
June 28, 2015
This Mac ‘n Cheese has a personality to it, it’s definitely not from a box. It will comfort you and wake up your taste buds.
- Yields: Serves 12
For cheese sauce
3. Make sauce: In a 5-quart heavy saucepan melt butter over moderately low heat and stir in flour and red pepper flakes. Cook roux, stirring, 3 minutes and whisk in milk. Bring sauce to a boil, whisking constantly, and simmer, whisking occasionally, 3 minutes. Stir in cream, Cheddar, mustard, nutmeg, cayenne, salt, and pepper. Remove pan from heat.
4. Bring a large saucepan filled with water to a boil. Add macaroni and cook for 2-3 minutes less than the manufacturer's directions, until al dente. Drain the macaroni – reserve ½ cup cooking water - and rinse under cold water, drain again. Stir the macaroni into the cheese sauce and slowly add the reserved cooking water to make a nice ‘saucey’ consistency. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with the topping evenly over macaroni and bake in middle of oven until browned on top, about 30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
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