Crusty Macaroni and Cheese

"From the NY Times; total comfort food."
 
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Ready In:
1hr 10mins
Ingredients:
7
Serves:
8-12
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ingredients

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directions

  • Heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Use one tablespoon butter to thickly grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.
  • Combine grated cheeses and set aside two heaping cups for topping.
  • 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.
  • Sprinkle reserved cheese on top; dot with remaining butter.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 45 minutes.
  • Raise heat to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and bake 15 to 20 minutes more, until crusty on top and bottom.

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  1. laurenbeth
    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.
     
  2. Beezie11
    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!
     
  3. Linda Crossville TN
    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.
     
  4. atlfitgirl
    We loved the crust on the top of this macaroni but my BF ( who is the mac n cheese lover in the house) found the inside to be very dry and bland. I guess we like a creamier mac n cheese... We ended up eating the very top layer with our meal... which was very yummy! Very easy to prepare but we will probably never make it again. Thanks for posting!!!
     
  5. shieldknight
    Really greasy! So much so, that we couldn't eat it.
     
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