Favorite Recipes: Baked Mac & Cheese

27 Jan

This was a total hit!  Every last bit of the leftovers were eaten… and that is saying something!

Ingredients

(adapted from Alton Brown’s recipe)

  • 1/2 pound elbow macaroni
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon powdered mustard
  • 1 bay leaf (didn’t have this, so I didn’t use it)
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, finely diced (the hubby doesn’t like onions, so I didn’t use them – onion powder instead.  clearly, NOT 1/2 cup of it. please.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 large egg
  • 12 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh black pepper

Also, I browned some chicken first and added that with the pasta.
I think that mushrooms would be AMAZING in this as well, but again, Joel doesn’t like mushrooms… sad.

Topping:

  • 3 tablespoons butter (I didn’t use this, just sprinkled the breadcrumbs on top)
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the pasta to al dente.

While the pasta is cooking, in a separate pot, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and mustard and keep it moving for about five minutes. Make sure it’s free of lumps. Stir in the milk, onion, bay leaf, and paprika. Simmer for ten minutes and remove the bay leaf.

Temper in the egg. Stir in 3/4 of the cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Fold the macaroni into the mix and pour into a 2-quartcasserole dish. Top with remaining cheese.

Melt the butter in a saute pan and toss the bread crumbs to coat. Top the macaroni with the bread crumbs. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and rest for five minutes before serving.  (Also, I put it under the broiler for about 3 minutes to brown the bread crumbs just a little bit.)

2 Responses to “Favorite Recipes: Baked Mac & Cheese”

  1. Kristen January 30, 2011 at 3:02 pm #

    Thanks for posting recipes – I’m definitely going to try this one… homemade mac & cheese and I have not ever been successful – truly terrible to tell the truth (and I’ve tried it multiple times). I’ll let you know how this one goes although now my kids are kind of hooked on the boxed variety. 🙂

  2. Kristen Learned March 28, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    Alton Brown is my favorite.

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