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This is the macaroni & cheese that I grew up on. It's still my favorite. I like the cheese on top crispy. It is almost like Anthony Bourdain's mom made. Hope you enjoy it too.
- Cook shells in boiling water until barely al-dente.
- Drain well.
- Heat oven to 400 deg.F and grease a 13 x 9 inches baking dish.
- Put about 1/3 of the shells in prepared dish. Sprinkle with 1/4 tsp salt, pepper and 1/3 of the cheese. Dot with 1/ tbsp butter. Repeat layers twice more, ending with the remaining cheese. Don't push down on the shells or it will make it too dense. Pour milk over top.
- Bake 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on how crisp you like the top.