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    Crusty Macaroni and Cheese

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    1 hr 10 mins

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    chia's Note:

    From the NY Times; total comfort food.

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    1. 1
      Heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
    2. 2
      Use one tablespoon butter to thickly grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.
    3. 3
      Combine grated cheeses and set aside two heaping cups for topping.
    4. 4
      In a large bowl, toss together the cooked pasta, cheeses, cayenne (if using) and salt to taste. Place mixture in prepared pan and evenly pour milk over surface.
    5. 5
      Sprinkle reserved cheese on top; dot with remaining butter.
    6. 6
      Bake, uncovered, for 45 minutes.
    7. 7
      Raise heat to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and bake 15 to 20 minutes more, until crusty on top and bottom.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 08, 2010


      Really good mac and cheese. I made it for my nieces and they loved it! I used nonfat milk and all sharp cheddar cheese, and the only things I would change for next time is not to bake it the last 20 min. and to up the milk and cayenne. But I definitely loved it and will make it again.

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    • on November 11, 2008


      Delicious, I made it for my husbands birthday party and everyone loved it. Now whenever my parents come to visit my dad asks for it, it makes me happy to have found something that I can give him to make him happy!

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    • on February 10, 2008


      I was looking for a recipe that had a crunchy crust with a creamy center. I cooked the macaroni 9 minutes until it was el dente. To ensure a creamy center I mixed the butter and 1 C. Milk with the macaroni mixture. Baking was 40 minutes. I did not increase the temperature. The leftovers was a little drier but still delicious.

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    Nutritional Facts for Crusty Macaroni and Cheese

    Serving Size: 1 (112 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 575.0
    Calories from Fat 273
    Total Fat 30.4 g
    Saturated Fat 18.8 g
    Cholesterol 85.5 mg
    Sodium 719.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 47.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.8 g
    Sugars 2.3 g
    Protein 27.1 g

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