Mac and cheese

Lynnda Cloutier


It's difficult not to love Mac and cheese. It's great comfort food, and we all have wonderful memories of eating it. This one is topped with crunchy Panko breadcrumbs. From the Good Stuff cookbook


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butter for the baking dish
1 pound elbow macaroni
2 teaspoons sea salt
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 cup cheddar cheese sauce, recipe follows
10 slices bacon
2 cups freshly grated parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme
1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon minced fresh sage
2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper

How to Make Mac and cheese


  • 1preheat the oven to 375°. Grease a 3 quart ovenproof baking dish with butter and set aside.
    Bring water to a boil in a large pan over high heat. Add the macaroni and salt, reduce to medium heat, and stir to prevent sticking. Cook for seven minutes or until al dente. Drain and toss with the oil.
    Heat the cheese sauce in a pan over medium heat. In a skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp. Line a metal tray with paper towels. Drain the bacon. Chop the bacon into bits.
  • 2In a bowl, mix the bacon, Parmesan, 1 cup of the bread crumbs, parsley, thyme, rosemary, sage, and pepper. In another bowl, toss together the macaroni and heated cheese sauce, mixing well. Stir the macaroni cheese mixture into the bread crumbs mixture. Spread evenly into the prepared baking dish and sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup bread crumbs.
  • 3Place the baking dish on top of the baking pan to catch those that the cheese bubbles over. Bake for 40 minutes or until crispy and Brown on top.
  • 4Cheddar cheese sauce:
    2 cups whole milk
    1/4 cup unsalted butter, one half stick
    1 cup flour
    1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
    1 1/2 teaspoons ground cayenne
    sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
    heat to melt a large pan over medium heat until you see bubbles forming on top. Meanwhile, melt the butter in another pan and stir in the flour to make a roux. Add the warm milk, whisking constantly, and continue cooking until the mixture thickens, about five minutes. Add the cheese, whisking constantly to mix. Season with the cayenne and salt and pepper to taste. Strain through a sieve to remove any lumps before serving. Makes 3 cups. Note: a roux, using classical French cuisine, is the mixture of flour and fat, usually butter or oil.

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Course/Dish: Pasta

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