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Macaroni & Cheese


Ingredients:

1 (8 ounce) package macaroni
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
1 cup cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
fresh ground black pepper, to taste
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded good quality
1/2 cup breadcrumbs, buttered

Directions:

1
Preheat oven to 400°F.
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Cook and drain macaroni according to package directions; set aside.
3
In a large saucepan melt butter.
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Add flour mixed with salt and pepper, using a whisk to stir until well blended.
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Pour milk and cream in gradually; stirring constantly.
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Bring to boiling point and boil 2 minutes (stirring constantly).
7
Reduce heat and cook (stirring constantly) 10 minutes.
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Add shredded cheddar little by little and simmer an additional 5 minutes, or until cheese melts.
9
Turn off flame.
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Add macaroni to the saucepan and toss to coat with the cheese sauce.
11
Transfer macaroni to a buttered baking dish.
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Sprinkle with breadcrumbs.
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Bake 20 minutes until the top is golden brown.
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(You can also freeze this recipe in zip-lock bags for later use - once you have mixed the macaroni along with the cheese sauce allow to cool to room temperature before adding to your freezer - I generally pull it out the night before and allow macaroni and cheese to reach room temperature; I then add the macaroni and cheese to a buttered baking dish, sprinkle with bread crumbs and then bake for 20 to 30 minutes, until golden brown on top and bubbling.

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