Baked Mac and Cheese

Baked mac and cheese is the ultimate comfort food. It’s also perfect for the winter and holiday season. When my family comes over for the holidays I have to make 3 pounds of this stuff! But don’t worry the recipe I have below is for one pound of cheesy, baked delicious.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 lb. pasta of your choice (I used Cavatappi)
  • ½ cup of butter
  • ½ cup of flour
  • 4  cups ofmilk
  • 6 cups of freshly shredded sharp or white Cheddar
  • sea salt
  • pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons of butter
  • ½ cup of panko bread crumbs

Cook your choice of pasta according to the package.

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Melt  the half cup of butter in a large pan over medium heat. Gently sprinkle your flour, whisking for 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

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Slowly add your milk. Continuously whisk while bringing to a low boil until thick. Once thick, remove from heat.
Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish. Add pasta and top with the shredded cheese.

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Pour you thickened cream sauce over the pasta and cheese and stir till cheese is melted.
Melt butter over medium heat add panko bread crumbs and stir until golden brown.

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Add crumbs to mac and cheese.
Bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes.
I broil mine on low for a few minutes to make my breadcrumbs extra crispy.

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What’s your favorite comfort food?

Thanks for reading!

XO- Samantha Leigh

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