Mac and Cheese

I was invited to a pot luck a few weeks back and had to bring something to the party. Immediately I thought of easy to make recipes. Last time I made potato au gratin which was a hit. This time I went with a traditional mac and cheese because let’s face it, who doesn’t love mac and cheese? I topped it off with a cheese crust and buttered breadcrumbs to make it extra special.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound elbow macaroni
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp powdered mustdard
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion finely diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 egg
  • 12 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded
  • 1 tsp salt
  • dash of black pepper
  • 3 tbsp butter + 1 cup panko breadcrumbs for topping

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 F.

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta to al dente.

Meanwhile, in a medium pot, melt the butter and whisk the flour and mustard for 5 minutes, free of lumps. Stir in the milk, onion, bay leaf, and paprika. Simmer for 10 minutes and remove the bay leaf.

Temper in the egg.

Stir in 3/4 of the cheese and season with salt and pepper.

Fold the macaroni into the mix and pour this into a casserole dish. Top it with the remaining cheese.

Melt the butter in a small pot and toss the bread crumbs to coat. Top the macaroni with the bread crumbs and bake it in the oven for 30 minutes.

Enjoy!

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