Baked Mac & Cheese W/ Gouda

READY IN: 1hr
SERVES: 4-6
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Spray a shallow 8x8 baking dish; set aside.
  • Generously salt boiling water; add pasta. Cook, according to package instructions, until 2 minutes short of al dente.
  • Drain pasta, rinse with cold water, drain and return to pot.
  • While pasta is cooking, melt butter in a large saucepan over medium. Whisk in seasonings; then whisk in flour to form a thick paste.
  • Slowly whisk in milk. Bring to a low boil; reduce heat to low, and simmer until sauce is thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • To baking dish, layering:
  • Add 1/2 of cooked macaroni. Add 1/2 of sauce, 1/2 of each cheese. Repeat and top with cheeses.
  • Can be made several hours in advance, covered and refrigerated until time to bake.
  • Bake covered for 15-20 minutes.
  • Uncover and bake until topping is golden and sauce is bubbling, an additional 15-20 minutes.
  • *If refrigerated, additional time may be needed until it is bubbly and slightly browned.
  • Cool 5 minutes before serving.
  • *Notes: I use a packet of G. Washington Golden seasoning instead of salt & pepper. If you can find it, it is a great universal seasoning for sauces.
  • April 2012, EDIT TO ADD: if doubling this recipe, use only 5 tablespoons of flour and 6 cups of milk. If you do not, you run the risk of a not so creamy and somewhat dry end result. At times I have added a bit more milk than recommended because the under cooked macaroni will absorb some of the milk. IMO a little creamier is better than too dry.
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