Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A Late Entry For The Macaroni Wars . . .

Sorry I'm late, but I made this Southern Living version of mac and cheese for our Easter egg hunt luncheon.  We had "picnic style food" and I felt like mac and cheese was a perfect fit!  This recipe is TASTY and I think of all the recipes posted thus far, it may just have the fewest ingredients {read: no fail}.  Give it a try and tell me what you think:

Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese

1 8 oz pkg elbow macaroni
2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
2 C milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 8 oz block sharp cheddar cheese, shredded and divided

1.  Prepare pasta according to directions. Keep warm.
2.  Melt butter in large saucepan over medium-low heat; whisk in flour until smooth. Cook, whisking constantly, 2 minutes.  Gradually whisk in milk and cook, whisking constantly, 5 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in salt, peppers, 1 cup of cheese and cooked pasta.
3.  Spoon pasta mixture into lightly greased 2 qt. baking dish and top with remaining 1 cup cheese.
4.  Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until bubbly.  Let stant 10 minutes before serving.

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