Thursday, April 8, 2010

Macaroni and Cheese

Lots of cheesy goodness!!

8 oz. elbow macaroni
4 tbsp. butter, divided
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup milk
1 cup chicken broth
3 oz. cream cheese
4 oz. shredded sharp cheddar
4 oz. shredded white cheddar
3/4 cup italian bread crumbs

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray 8x8 casserole dish with cooking spray.

2. Cook macaroni according to package directions, taking off heat just before completely cooked. Drain completely.

3. In large saucepan over medium high heat, melt 2 tbsp. butter. Add flour, dry mustard, salt and pepper and whisk together well. Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add chicken broth and whisk well to incorporate flour mixture. Add milk and bring to boil, stirring often. When mixture starts to boil, turn heat to low and add cream cheese, whisking well to incorporate. When cream cheese is melted and mixed in, add both cheddar cheeses and stir until completely melted and sauce is smooth.

4. Pour macaroni into sauce and mix well. Pour into prepared casserole dish.

5. Melt 2 tbsp. butter and mix with breadcrumbs. Sprinkle moistened crumbs over macaroni and cheese and bake for approx. 35-40 minutes, until cheese is bubbling and topping is golden brown.

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