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Baked Macaroni and Cheese
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Description:
From The Joy of Cooking

Source:
Deborah

Serves/Makes:8 side dishes

Ingredients
  • 6 cups (1425 ml) water
  • 1-1/2 tsp (7 ml) salt
  • 1 cup (225 ml) elbow macaroni (8 oz (224 grm).)
  • 2-1/4 cups (525 ml) grated sharp cheddar or colby cheese
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) butter
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups (475 ml) whole or skim milk
  • 1/2 medium onion, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 tsp (1 ml) sweet paprika
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) butter
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) fresh breadcrumbs
Preparation
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (175 C.).
  • Grease a l l/2-quart deep baking dish.
  • Bring to a rolling boil in a medium saucepan:
  • 6 cups (1425 ml) water
  • 1-1/2 tsp (7 ml) salt
  • Add and cook just until tender:
  • 1 cup (225 ml) elbow macaroni (8 oz (224 grm).)
  • Drain and remove to a large bowl.
  • Have ready:
  • 2-1/4 cups (525 ml) grated sharp Cheddar or Colby cheese
  • Melt in a large saucepan over medium-low heat:
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) butter
  • Whisk in and cook, whisking, for 3 minutes:
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) all-purpose flour
  • Gradually whisk in:
  • 2 cups (475 ml) whole or skim milk
  • Stir in:
  • 1/2 medium onion, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 tsp (1 ml) sweet paprika
  • Simmer gently, stirring often, for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in two-thirds of the cheese.
  • Season with:
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • Stir in the macaroni.
  • Pour half of the mixture into the baking dish and sprinkle with half of the remaining cheese.
  • Top with the remaining macaroni and then the remaining cheese.
  • Melt in a small skillet over medium heat:
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) butter
  • Add and toss to coat:
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) fresh breadcrumbs
  • Sprinkle over the top of the macaroni.
  • Bake until the breadcrumbs are lightly browned, about 30 minutes.
  • Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Comments
I apologise that the ingredients were listed in both the ingredient section and the preparation section. This was the way I found the recipe.

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