12.26.2012

3 Cheese Macaroni & Cheese

The holidays are a time for family, loved ones...aaaand usually indulging a little more than usual!  Since we got snowed in today, I decided to make a classic comfort food for everyone to enjoy.  

I used 3 different cheeses this time, but you can use just one cheese or any other combination of cheeses that you prefer.  Also, I omitted the mustard (because I forgot!) and it was still fine.

If you want to make this a healthier version, I would suggest using whole wheat pasta, skim milk (or greek yogurt), and low-fat cheese.

Enjoy!





3 Cheese Macaroni & Cheese
recipe and photos by halftomatohalfpotato

INGREDIENTS
-1 8 oz box of elbow macaroni (or small shells)
-4 Tablespoons of butter
-4 Tablespoons of flour
-2 cups of milk 
-1 cup of sharp cheddar cheese
-1/2 cup of American cheese
-1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese
-2 teaspoons dijon mustard (optional)
-1/2 teaspoon of salt
-pepper, to taste
-1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs or Panko 

DIRECTIONS
-Preheat oven to 400°F
-Cook macaroni al dente, according to package directions
-Drain and set aside
-Heat a large saucepan to medium-low heat
-Add and melt butter
-In a small bowl, mix flour, salt & pepper
-Slowly add flour mixture to melted butter in saucepan and stir until blended (use a whisk or fork)
-Slowly pour in milk, stirring constantly
-Continue stirring and bring to a boil
-Stir in mustard
-Slowly stir in cheese
-Stir until all cheese is melted and has a smooth consistency, remove from heat
-Mix pasta into cheese mixture
-Spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray
-Pour the pasta/cheese mixture into the baking dish
-Sprinkle breadcrumbs all over the top 
-Bake for about 25 minutes or until top is lightly browned 








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