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Old-Fashioned Mac and Cheese Casserole

 

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Recipe

Old-Fashioned Mac and Cheese Casserole

Easy to make ahead and freeze, Macaroni and Cheese is the ultimate budget-friendly comfort food.

Times

  • Prep Time : 20 min min
  • Ready Time : 20 min

Servings

6 servings s

Ingredients

  • 1 stick:unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves:garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup:all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups:of milk
  • 1 teaspoon:Dijon mustard
  • 6 dashes:of Tabasco sauce
  • 3 1/2 cups:finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 pound:elbow macaroni, cooked according to package directions
  • 1 cup:fresh breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated:Parmesan cheese

Directions

Preparation

  1. Coat the inside of a 9×13-inch casserole with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt 4 tablespoons of the butter. Add half of the minced garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Whisk in the flour and cook until white bubbles form on the surface. Cook the mixture for 2-3 minutes, until smooth and thick.
  4. Gradually add the milk, mustard, and Tabasco, whisking until the mixture comes to a boil and thickens.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat, add 2 3/4 cups of cheese, stirring until melted.
  6. Combine the macaroni and sauce and stir until well mixed. Transfer to the prepared dish.
  7. Melt the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter in a small saute pan over medium heat. Add the ramining garlic and saute for 1 to 2 minutes, until fragrant.
  8. Remove from the heat, toss the garlic butter with the bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Stir in the remaining 1/4 cup of cheddar cheese.
  9. Sprinkle the mixture over the top of the mac and cheese. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 1 month.

Tips

To Bake:

  • Defrost the casserole in the refrigerator overnight, if necessary.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Allow the casserole to come to room temperature for about 30 minutes.
  • Bake the mac and cheese for 30-40 minutes, until the sauce is bubbling and the topping is golden brown. Allow to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Keep this crowd-pleasing entrée on hand in your freezer for the nights when you don’t want to cook dinner.

 

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One Response to Old-Fashioned Mac and Cheese Casserole

  1. I’m looking forward to trying this recipe…it’s just like the one my Mom used to make! I also like Jamie Geller and her recipes!! :)

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