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Mac and Cheese
Cook time: 35 minutes
1 lb of cavatappi pasta (or pasta of your choice)
½ cup butter
½ cup flour
4 cups milk
6 cups freshly grated white cheddar
1 tablespoon salt (to season)
up to 1 tablespoon pepper (to season)
½ cup panko breadcrumbs
Oil pasta in salted water according to package instructions.
Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat.
Sprinkle in flour and whisk and cook 2-3 minutes.
Add in salt and pepper.
Slowly pour in 4 cups milk whisking until smooth and heating to a low boil until thickened.
Do not stop until thick. Remove from heat.
Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish and add the hot pasta to the dish.
Over the top sprinkle 6 cups of freshly shredded cheese.
Pour the thickened cream sauce over the hot pasta and cheese and let it sit until the cheese melts.
Stir everything together.
Melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat.
Add in panko bread crumbs, stirring constantly 3-5 minutes or until golden brown.
Pour over the mac and cheese.
Bake in a preheated 325-degree oven for 12-15 minutes.