Cook Time: 30 minutes
Cook Macaroni: 8 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes
Yield: Serves 4 to 6
- 8 ounces macaroni
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 cup half-and-half or light cream
- 1 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard or a spicy brown mustard
- 2 1/2 to 3 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1 cup soft bread crumbs, tossed with 1 1/2 tablespoons melted butter
Cook macaroni following package directions. Drain in a colander and rinse with hot water.
In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in flour until smooth and bubbly. Add the salt, pepper, cream, and milk and cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Add mustard and 2 cups of the cheese. Continue cooking, stirring, until cheese is melted.
Combine the sauce mixture with the drained macaroni. Spoon into the prepared baking dish and top with the remaining 1/2 to 1 cup of shredded cheese. Scatter the buttered bread crumbs evenly over the cheese layer.
Bake for about 25 minutes, until lightly browned and bubbly.
Serves 4 to 6.
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