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Macaroni and Smoked Cheddar Cheese

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Macaroni and Smoked Cheddar Cheese

Macaroni and Smoked Cheddar Cheese

Photo: Diana Rattray
Smoked cheddar gives this macaroni and cheese a unique flavor, and a little process American cheese makes it extra-creamy.

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 scant teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded smoked Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded or cubed American process cheese
  • Topping:
  • 1 cup soft fresh bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • paprika

Preparation:

Lightly butter a 2 to 2 1/2-quart baking dish. Heat oven to 350°.

Cook macaroni in boiling salted water following the package directions. Drain and rinse; set aside.

In a large saucepan over medium-low heat, melt butter; add flour and stir until blended. Stir in salt, pepper, and mustard. Gradually stir in the milk and continue cooking , stirring, until mixture is thickened. Stir in cheeses until melted and smooth. Add the macaroni and stir to blend. Pour into the prepared baking dish.

Combine bread crumbs and melted butter, tossing to coat well; sprinkle over the macaroni mixture. Lightly sprinkle with paprika.

Bake for 25 minutes, or until browned and bubbly.

Serves 6 to 8.

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