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Baked Mac ‘n Cheese – Holy Moly Delicous.

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So, here’s the story: I had tried to make mac n’ cheese before, and it turned out not so great. I had overcooked the noodles, the sauce wasn’t thick enough and it had a bread crumb topping that was just a pile of breadcrumbs and not crunchy. I was disappointed. ESC tried to console me and tell me that it was still good, but she may have been blinded by my usual awesomeness. Luckily I was not deterred and decided to make it again, but better. This was my redemption. This made up for that one and then some. If these two Mac n’ Cheeses were to fight, this one would’ve punched that one in the mouth, squashed it to little bits and thrown them overboard for the fishies to eat. This one had just the right consistency, great flavor from the nutmeg roux, perfectly cooked noodles and a great cheese topping. The first bite was a little bit of mouth euphoria.

Baked Mac N Cheese

Cheesy goodness lies just underneath that gooey crust

Start water boiling for pasta in a regular saucepan. Cook pasta until almost done – should be a little bit tough but not completely cooked. While water is heating, melt butter in a saucepan. When it’s all melted, add flour 1 tbsp at a time stirring constantly with a whisk. Stir in nutmeg and make sure there are no lumpy bits. Add milk, bay leaves, salt and pepper; let simmer for a few minutes. This would be a great time to drain and set aside the pasta, remember not to cook completely as the noodles will still cook a bit in the oven. Slowly add cheese to the sauce mixture make sure to continue stirring to incorporate fully. Let it simmer for another couple minutes while it thickens. Add 1/2 of the noodles to a 9×9 glass baking dish spread evenly. Spoon some sauce over noodles then add the remaining noddles and sauce. Try to keep it evenly layered with a consistent thickness. Sprinkle 3/4 of the topping cheese on top and bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes at 350°. With about 5 minutes left, top this delectable creation with the remaining cheese. Remove from oven and let it sit for 5 minutes before serving.

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Ingredients:
1/2 lb Elbow Macaroni Pasta
3 tbsp butter
4 tbsp flour
1.5 cup milk (skim)
2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp crushed bay leaf
1 tsp salt
2 tsp Pepper
8 oz Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
4 oz Mozzarella Cheese, shredded

Topping:
1.5 cup Cheese mixed

Makes ~4 servings. 20 minutes prep, 35 minutes baking. ~$2/plate. It’s mac n’ cheese with real butter and cheese, what more do you want?

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Written by Brent

May 26, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Posted in Main Course, Pasta

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6 Responses

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  1. HA! A definite LOL on the video.

    Kate

    May 26, 2010 at 10:23 pm

  2. every recipe should definitely have a video LOL

    michelle

    May 27, 2010 at 7:12 am

  3. I love the robot doing a lascivious fandango in front of your food.

    Andy

    May 27, 2010 at 7:17 am

    • ESC has been hounding me about when I was going to post the video! I’m glad you all like it so much 🙂 I will definitely add more windup toys & videos 😛

      Maybe even play a little game called “spot the windup toy”, it’s a working title until further notice.

      Brent

      May 27, 2010 at 5:36 pm

  4. I like the qty of nutmeg — and the bay leaf is a creative addition. Is this the low-cal version ? 🙂

    Sheryl aka Momster

    May 31, 2010 at 6:58 am

  5. Oh, and the video is a great addition and ‘lascivious’ describes it quite well….tho it kinda looks emaciated; feed the poor thing some low-cal mac n’ cheese…

    Sheryl aka Momster

    May 31, 2010 at 7:00 am


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