Friday, October 22, 2010

Baked Mac and Cheesy

This recipe is, indeed, very CHEESY! 

1 pound Cooked Pasta
½ cups Butter
½ cups Flour
1 teaspoon Salt
½ teaspoons Ground Black Pepper
3-¾ cups Milk
¼ teaspoons Nutmeg
1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
2-½ cups Shredded Cheese Of Your Choice
½ packages (6.6 Oz. Package) Goldfish Crackers, Smashed
1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF.
2. Cook your pasta according to the directions on the package. Once the water comes to a boil and you put the pasta in your water, you can start making your sauce.
3. Melt the butter over low heat until melted.
4. Raise the heat to medium-low and add in the flour, salt and pepper, stirring constantly until smooth and bubbly.
5. Remove from heat and add the milk. Return to the stove and heat to boiling, stirring constantly until the sauce is thick and coats the back of a wooden spoon. This will take about 10-15 minutes. You are basically making a bechamel sauce.
6. Add the nutmeg and Dijon mustard and stir.
7. Grate half a block of cheese. I used extra sharp cheddar, then also bought a package of already-shredded cheese to help save some time. You can use any cheese you like though. Some Gruyere, bleu, Swiss, provolone, jalapeno cheddar … all those would be super tasty.
8. Once the sauce is thick and bubbly, add in your cheese and stir. The cheese sauce will now be very thick!
9. Your pasta should be done before all this, so just make sure you drain it—but do not rinse! Return the pasta to your boiling pot.
10. Pour the cheese sauce into the pot and stir well.
11. Pour the macaroni and cheese into an ungreased 9 x 13 glass dish.
12. Sprinkle some shredded cheese on the top.
13. Pour half the package of Goldfish crackers into a food storage bag. Use your hand, a rolling pin or a pan to smash the crackers into crumbles. Sprinkle the mixture on top of your macaroni and cheese.
14. Bake the macaroni and cheese for 20-25 minutes.

Here it is straight out of the oven. I also let it broil for a few minutes to get the top nice and crunchy!
 Serve and enjoy!

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