Toasty Mac and Cheese

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    Nutritional Information

    Per Serving

    • Calories 725 calories
    • Fat 41 g
    • Sat Fat 24 g
    • Cholesterol 113 mg
    • Sodium 1,021 mg
    • Protein 34 g
    • Carbohydrate 57 g
    • Sugar 10 g
    • Fiber 2 g
    • Iron 3 mg
    • Calcium 808 mg
  • December 1969

Ingredients

  1. Check 6tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for the baking dishes
  2. Check 1pound cavatappi, penne, or another short pasta
  3. Check 1/4cup all-purpose flour
  4. Check 5cups whole milk
  5. Check kosher salt and black pepper
  6. Check 1pound Cheddar, grated (about 4 cups)
  7. Check 1cup grated Parmesan (about 4 ounces)
  8. Check 1cup crushed buttery crackers (about 16 crackers)
  9. Check 2tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  10. Check buttered green beans, for serving

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350° F. Butter eight 6-ounce baking dishes or two 8-inch square baking dishes. Cook the pasta for 2 minutes less than the package directions suggest; drain and return it to the pot.
  2. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the flour and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes (do not let darken). Gradually whisk in the milk; add 1¼ teaspoons salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, whisking occasionally, until the sauce thickens slightly, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat and gradually whisk in the Cheddar and Parmesan.
  3. Add the sauce to the pasta and toss to combine. (The mixture will seem wet.) Dividing evenly, transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dishes and sprinkle with the crackers and parsley.
  4. Bake until golden, 15 to 20 minutes. Serve with the green beans.
  5. This dish can be frozen, unbaked and covered in plastic wrap, then foil, for up to 3 months. To bake, let thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Remove the plastic wrap, re-cover with foil, and bake at 350° F until heated through, 20 to 25 minutes for 6-ounce baking dishes or 50 to 55 minutes for an 8-inch square baking dish. Uncover and bake until golden, 5 to 10 minutes more.