Make-Ahead Mac and Cheese

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  • Serves 6 (or 4 with leftovers)
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    Nutritional Information

    Per Serving

    • Calories 550 calories
    • Fat 24 g (15 g saturated fat)
    • Cholesterol 70 mg
    • Sodium 480 mg
    • Protein 26 g
    • Carbohydrate 56 g
    • Sugar 8 g
    • Fiber 2 g
    • Iron 0 mg
    • Calcium 321 mg

Cook the pasta according to the package directions.

Wipe out the pot and melt the butter over medium heat.

Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Slowly add the milk while stirring. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce slightly thickens, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the Cheddar-Jack, mustard, and pepper and stir to melt. Stir in the pasta.

Ingredients

  1. Check ¾ pound short pasta (such as cavatappi or cavatelli)
  2. Check 2 tablespoons butter
  3. Check ¼ cup flour
  4. Check 4 cups whole milk
  5. Check 8 ounces shredded Cheddar-Jack cheese (about 2 cups)
  6. Check 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  7. Check ½ teaspoon black pepper
  8. Check 5 slices Muenster cheese (about 4 ounces)

Directions

  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions.
  2. Wipe out the pot and melt the butter over medium heat.
  3. Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Slowly add the milk while stirring. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce slightly thickens, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the Cheddar-Jack, mustard, and pepper and stir to melt. Stir in the pasta.
  4. Transfer to a 9-by-13-inch (3-quart) baking dish and cover with the Muenster. Cool completely. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to bake, up to 4 days.
     

To cook: Bring to room temperature. Bake at 400° F until golden and warmed through, 25 to 35 minutes.