White Macaroni & Cheese

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This recipe appeared on Martha Stewart's television show in 2001 and is one of my personal favorites!

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8 Tbsp
butter, unsalted, plus more for dish
6 slice
good white bread, crusts removed, torn into 1/4 to 1/2 inch pieces
5 1/2 c
1/2 c
all purpose flour
1/2 tsp
1/4 tsp
1/4 tsp
black pepper
1/4 tsp
cayenne pepper, or to taste
4 1/2 c
sharp white cheddar cheese, grated
2 c
gruyere cheese, grated or
1 1/4 c
pecorino romano cheese
1 lb
elbow macaroni
sour cream (optional)

Directions Step-By-Step

Heat oven to 375°. Butter a 3 quart caserole dish; set aside. Place the bread in a medium bowl. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Pour butter into bowl with bread and toss. Set the bread crumbs aside.
In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, heat the milk. Melt remaining 6 tablespoons butter in a medium pot over medium heat. When butter bubbles add flour. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
While whisking slowly pour in hot milk. Continue cooking, whisking constantly, until the mixture bubbles and becomes thick.
Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in salt, nutmeg, black pepper, cayenne pepper, 3 cups cheddar cheese, and 1 1/2 cups gruyere or 1 cup pecorino romano; set cheese sauce aside.
Fill a large saucepan with water; bring to a boil. Add macaroni; cook 2 to 3 minutes less than manufacturer's directions until the outside of pasta is cooked and the inside is underdone. Transfer the macaroni to a colander, rinse under cold running water, and drain well. Stir macaroni into the reserved cheese sauce.
Pour mixture into prepared dish. Sprinkle remaining 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, 1/2 cup gruyere or 1/4 cup pecorino romano, and bread crumbs over top. Bake until browned on top, 45 to 60 minutes. Transfer dish to a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes. Serve with sour cream if desired.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta
Main Ingredient: Non-Edible or Other
Regional Style: American