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Macaroni & Cheese - All Grown Up

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Renée G.

By
@ReneeCooks

Don't be put off by the long list of ingredients - Just assemble everything before you start mixing and this goes together quickly and easily...or as my grandmother, and my mother used to say, "In two shakes of a lamb's tail."

Use any shape pasta you like (rotelle, gigli, elbow macaroni, rotini, etc.)

Both stove-top AND bake in oven are not an option - I've just listed stove-top in the cooking method but you will want to brown the breadcrumb top in the oven.

Rating:

★★★★★ 1 vote

Comments:
Serves:
6
Prep:
25 Min
Cook:
15 Min
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

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    3 cups dry pasta
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    3 tbsp. butter
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    3 tbsp. all-purpose flour
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    ¼ tsp. salt (more or less)
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    ½ tsp. mustard powder
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    ¼ tsp. grated nutmeg
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    1 ½ cups beer, room temperature
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    1 cup half-and-half
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    1 ¼ cups grated, sharp yellow cheddar cheese
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    1 ½ tbsp. horseradish (or to taste)
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    ¾ cup seasoned breadcrumbs
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    2 tbsp. grated parmesan cheese
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    2 ½ tbsp. melted butter

How to Make Macaroni & Cheese - All Grown Up

Step-by-Step

  1. Assemble all ingredients and cooking utensils.
  2. Preheat oven to 425º F. Very lightly spritz a square baking dish with non-stick spray.
  3. Bring salted pasta cooking water to boil and stir in dry pasta. Boil, stirring occasionally, according to pkg. directions to al denté; drain.
  4. While pasta cooks, melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour, salt, nutmeg and mustard powder and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes.
  5. Whisk in the beer (watch out it doesn’t foam up and over the top) and bring to a simmer; whisk in the half-and-half until smooth. Taste for seasoning and add a pinch more salt, if desired. Continue to simmer, whisking occasionally, until thickened (3 - 4 minutes). Stir in the cheese and horseradish until smooth. Remove from heat.
  6. In small bowl, mix bread crumbs, parmesan cheese and melted butter; set aside.
  7. Stir cooked pasta together with cheese/beer sauce and pour into baking dish or spoon into individual ramekins, top with buttered bread crumb mixture; bake in 425º F oven until top is nicely browned, (about 3 – 5 minutes). Watch carefully as ovens vary...this can go from ‘nicely browned,’ to burned in no time.

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About Macaroni & Cheese - All Grown Up

Course/Dish: Casseroles
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American




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