Arts & Culture

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

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With the holidays just around the corner and people are rushing around to get everything they need so I have the perfect recipe. This recipe for macaroni and cheese is simple and sure to satisfy any craving.

Ingredients:

1 pound of dried cavatappi 

½  cup unsalted butter

½  cup all purpose flour

1 ½  cups whole milk

2 ½  cups half and half

4 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese 

2 cups Gruyere cheese

1 cup of Bacon bits

Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Step One:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare an oven safe baking dish.

Step Two:

Prepare your pre-made dried pasta by boiling the water and cooking the pasta just before it is done and strain, that way the noodle can absorb the cheese sauce while in the oven.

Step Three:

Grate both cheeses and mix together. In the end there should be about six cups of cheese.

Step Four:

In a saucepan, melt the butter, add flour and combine well, cooking the mixture for 1 to 2 minutes. Then carefully pour in the milk and half and half while still mixing. Eventually the mixture will go smooth. Continue to mix until it becomes thicker 

(almost like the consistency of canned tomato soup).

Step Five:

Remove the sauce mixture from the heat, the cheese can be divided up into three even piles mix one pile of the cheese in, stir until well combined. Then add another pile of the cheese, stir until well combined. 

Step Six:

Combine drained pasta with cheese sauce in a bowl, mix well

Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.  Top it with the rest of the cheese and the bacon bits and bake in the oven for around 15 to 20 minutes.

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