I was a big fan of Kraft Mac & Cheese when I was a kid.  My parents still talk about how for years the only thing I would eat was Mac & Cheese or Ramen Noodles.  It’s true: there was a significant period in my life where my main food groups were noodles, salt, and orange powder.  I would like to think my tastes have become slightly more sophisticated since then.  But then here’s a recipe for Mac & Cheese.

Several years ago I was perusing the interwebs for an easy recipe to make for a friend who was in need of a home cooked meal, I stumbled upon the novel idea of making Mac & Cheese from things other than a blue box of chemicals.  This recipe has changed slightly over the years, and recently I added the bread topping because Martha Stewart said so.  Also, sometimes I add Aidells Sausage.  It goes great with a salad, broccoli, or baked brussels sprouts.

Don’t be frightened, the orange color comes from the whole wheat flour and the yellow mustard.  It tastes nothing like Kraft Mac & Cheese.  It’s marvelous.

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Creamy Baked Mac & Cheese with Bread Topping

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Uncooked Pasta (macaroni or fusilli)
  • 4 TBS Unsalted Butter
  • 3 Slices White Bread, cut ½ inch pieces
  • 2 ¼ Cups Milk
  • 4 oz (1 cup) Shredded Gruyère Cheese
  • ½ lb (2 ¼ Cup) Shredded Sharp White Cheddar Cheese
  • ¼ Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 2 Aidells Sausages, cut into bite sized pieces (optional)
  • 1 TBS Yellow Mustard
  • 1 tsp pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Place bread in a medium bowl. Melt 1 TBS butter and toss with bread.
  2. Heat milk over medium. Melt remaining 3 TBS butter in separate pan. Add flour to butter to make a roux, cook for 1 minute (do not let brown). Gradually add warm milk, continue stirring until mixture bubbles and thickens.  Add mustard and pepper. Reduce heat to low and add cheeses, a handful or two at a time, mixing well as you go.
  3. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain pasta and add to cheese sauce. Mix in sausage (optional).
  4. Add mixture to baking dish. Top with bread pieces. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until topping is browned.

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