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Crouton Topped Macaroni and Cheese

This is a fun and easy recipe for Mac n Cheese.

And it’s made with basic pantry items.  I especially like that this dish is adaptable.

If you prefer your Mac n Cheese cheesier you can just add more cheese, or more on the moist side, just add more milk.

Or, if you’re not able to find white cheddar cheese in the market, or yellow cheddar cheese is at an irresistibly low price then you can use the yellow instead of white cheddar cheese.

This is a delicious side dish and if you have leftovers, for another meal try mixing in some ground beef with the Mac n Cheese.

I forgot to mention that the crunchy crouton topping is super delish.

Let’s check out the ingredients.

Here’s how to make it.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

For the Pasta:  Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil and add the pasta. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente.

Drain the pasta and set aside.

For the Cheese Mixture:

In a large saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons butter over medium heat.

Add flour and continue stirring until mixture starts to thicken.

Add 1 cup of milk and continue stirring.

Add in the 2nd cup of milk and pepper to taste. Continue to stir.

Then slowly stir in cheese until it’s melted (reserve ¼ cup of the cheese for the topping).

For the Pasta and Cheese Mixture:

Pour cheese mixture over pasta.

Mix well as the cheese mixture will be absorbed into the pasta quickly.  Add more pepper if you like and salt to taste.

Pour the Mac n Cheese mixture into lightly greased (or buttered) large baking/casserole dish, or multiple smaller baking dishes if you prefer.

Here is an example of the Mac n Cheese in a small casserole dish.

For the Crouton Topping:

Place bread pieces in the bowl that the pasta was mixed in.

Mix in the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter, or instead you can mix in 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil if you prefer.

Salt and pepper to taste.

Place the bread pieces over the pasta.  Top with the remaining ¼ cup of shredded cheese.

Bake for 30 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown.

Best when served right out of the oven.

Enjoy!

Crouton Topped Macaroni & Cheese

Yield: Serves 6

Ingredients:

1 (16 ounce) package pasta (elbow macaroni, shells, rotini – whatever you like)
½ cup butter (8 tablespoons)
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
1 ¾ cup shredded white cheddar cheese (reserve ¼ cup for topping)
7 slices day-old loaf of bread, torn into small pieces
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

For the Pasta: Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil and add the pasta. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain pasta and set aside.

For the Cheese Mixture: In a large saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add the flour and continue stirring until mixture starts to thicken. Add 1 cup of milk and continue stirring. Add in the 2nd cup of milk, and pepper to taste. Continue stirring and slowly stir in the cheese until it's melted (reserve ¼ cup of the cheese for the topping).

Pour cheese mixture over pasta. Mix well as the cheese mixture will be absorbed into the pasta quickly. Add more pepper if you like and salt to taste. Pour Mac n Cheese mixture into lightly greased (or buttered) large baking/casserole dish (or multiple smaller dishes if you prefer). Set aside for a moment.

For the Crouton Topping: Place bread pieces in the bowl that the pasta was mixed in. Mix in the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter or instead you can mix in 2 to 3 tablespoons of olive oil if you prefer. Salt and pepper to taste.

Place the bread pieces over the pasta and top with the remaining ¼ cup of shredded cheese. Bake for 30 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown. Best when served right out of the oven.

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