Baked Macaroni and Cheese

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I’ve decided I’ve posted way too many deserts, and not enough actual meals! As much as I love sweets, let’s head to something more savory. This was the first year I made this recipe for Thanksgiving, and honestly it was such a huge success that I think I’ll keep making it! I love mac and cheese, it’s a classic and simple recipe, and I think it’s safe to say that almost everyone enjoys it! The recipe I used is by Alton Brown, from the food network, (click to see original page) and is amazing, as is anything made from food network!

I would have a photo for you of my creation, but there are no leftovers and I didn’t take one before it was gone, so let’s just get started!

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Ingredients:

1/2 pound of elbow macaroni

3 tablespoons of butter

3 tablespoons of flour

1 tablespoon of powdered mustard

3 cups of milk

1/2 cup of yellow onion, finely diced

1 bay leaf

1/2 teaspoon of paprika

1 large egg

12 ounces of sharp cheddar, shredded

1 teaspoon of kosher salt (tip: mine needed a little more seasoning, but season as you please)

Fresh black pepper

Topping:

3 tablespoons of butter

1 cup of bread crumbs

Other things mentioned in the original recipe you want to have:

Casserole Dish

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Boil a large pot of salted boiling water and cook the pasta to almost ready. Do not cook all the way because it will bake in the oven more.

While the pasta is boiling, melt the butter in a separate pan.

On low heat, whisk the flour and mustard. Be sure to keep it moving for a while (five minutes) and make sure it’s free of lumps.

Then, stir in milk, onion, bay lead and paprika. Simmer for a bit (Ten minutes) and then remove the bay leaf.

Temper in the egg. Then, stir in about 3/4 or so of the cheese. Season with salt and pepper.

Combine the macaroni into the mix and pour into a casserole dish and top with the remaining cheese.

Melt the butter in another sauté pan and toss in the bread crumbs to coat. Top the macaroni with the bread crumbs

Bake for 30 minutes or until ready. Remember to cool.

Enjoy!

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