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    Best-Ever Macaroni and Cheese

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    1 hr

    30 mins

    30 mins

    Chris Reynolds's Note:

    I found this recipe in a magazine. I made the recipe the other day, and this mac and cheese IS tasty. It makes a lot, too. So if you have to make dinner for a crowd, this is the one to make. To save on cost, I don't think you would have to use the gruyere cheese, although it does add a bit of a difference to ordinary mac and cheese, as does the bay leaf.

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    1. 1
      Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
    2. 2
      Toss the panko bread crumbs with melted butter on a small baking pan. Toast the bread crumbs until lightly browned about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.
    3. 3
      In a large saucepan, heat the butter over medium heat until melted, then stir in the flour. Heat and stir until the mixture is smooth and bubbling about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in the milk. Add the seasonings (next 6 ingredients).
    4. 4
      Heat and stir to boiling, then reduce heat to a low simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes. Remove the bay leaf.
    5. 5
      Stir in 3 cups of the cheddar cheese and all the Gruyere until melted. Pour the sauce over the cooked macaroni in a large bowl, stirring until all the macaroni is coated.
    6. 6
      Pour the macaroni into a well-greased 9x13 baking pan. Drizzle heavy cream around the edges of the casserole. Sprinkle on the remaining 1 cup of cheddar cheese. Top with the panko crumbs and cover the casserole.
    7. 7
      Bake 20 minutes. Remove the cover and bake an additional 10 minutes.

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    Nutritional Facts for Best-Ever Macaroni and Cheese

    Serving Size: 1 (175 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 16

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 458.8
    Calories from Fat 253
    Total Fat 28.1 g
    Saturated Fat 17.1 g
    Cholesterol 88.6 mg
    Sodium 508.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 30.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.2 g
    Sugars 1.2 g
    Protein 20.3 g

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