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.
Creamy Baked Mac & Cheese with Bread Topping
- 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
- Preheat oven to 375°. Place bread in a medium bowl. Melt 1 TBS butter and toss with bread.
- 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.
- Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain pasta and add to cheese sauce. Mix in sausage (optional).
- Add mixture to baking dish. Top with bread pieces. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until topping is browned.
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