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BAKED MAC & CHEESE


Active Time : 15 Minutes
Total Time : 40 Minutes
Serves : 6

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup butter divided
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mild Cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 1/4 cups fancy shredded Italian style Parmesan cheese divided
  • 1 1/2 cups crispy Panko style plain bread crumbs

DIRECTIONS

Prepare pasta according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, in medium saucepan, melt 6 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Sauté garlic in butter 1 minute.

Whisk in flour; cook 1 minute, whisking constantly. Gradually add in warmed milk, whisking constantly until smooth. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until thickened and mixture comes to a boil.

Blend in cheeses (reserving ¼ cup shredded Parmesan); salt and pepper to taste. Reduce heat to low and continue stirring until cheese is melted.

Toss pasta with sauce and transfer to a greased 2½-quart baking dish. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Toss with bread crumbs and remaining Parmesan cheese; sprinkle over pasta.

Bake in a preheated 375°F oven 20-25 minutes or until golden brown on top.