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Apple-Cheddar Mac and Cheese


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Apple-Cheddar Mac and Cheese

Adding apples to a perfect mac and cheese just makes it even better. Once you make this you will wonder what took you so long. Everyone loves apples and cheddar, so of course it works perfectly in this recipe. Enjoy.


  • Prep Time : 25 minutes min
  • Cook Time : 45 min
  • Ready Time : 1 hour, 10 min




  • 1 1/4 cup dry elbow macaroni (5 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 cup small diced, unpeeled, tart green or red apples
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 cup whole milk (lower fat milk can be substituted)
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • 2 1/3 cup shredded sharp white or yellow cheddar cheese (about 10 ounces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry sherry
  • 1/3 cup plain panko (Japanese bread crumbs - regular bread crumbs can be substituted)


1 Preheat oven to 350° F. Butter a 11/2-quart round casserole; set aside.
2 Cook pasta in large saucepan according to package directions until al dente. Rinse with cold water to stop the cooking; drain well. Return pasta to saucepan. Add apples.
3 Meanwhile, melt butter in medium heavy saucepan. Add onion and cook over medium heat about 3 minutes or tender. Stir in flour; cook and stir about 1 minute or until fragrant.
4 Slowly stir in milk with wire whisk. Bring mixture to a gentle simmer, stirring constantly. Add bay leaf. Reduce heat to low and cook sauce for 10 minutes, stirring often.
5 Remove and discard bay leaf. Stir in 2 cups of the cheese and dry sherry. Cook and stir about 1 minute or until cheese is melted. Remove from heat; season to taste with salt and pepper.
6 Add cheese sauce to pasta-apple mixture; gently stir until well combined. Transfer mixture to prepared casserole. Sprinkle with remaining 1/3 cup cheese and panko. Bake, uncovered, in preheated oven about 30 minutes or just until heated through and lightly browned. Let stand about 5 minutes before serving.

Source: U.S. Apple Association


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One Response to Apple-Cheddar Mac and Cheese

  1. Odd, but interesting

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