Prep Time: 20 mins | Cook Time: 30 mins | Total Time: 1 hr | Yield: 12 Servings
If you are looking for a new and easy recipe to serve for today, then, might as well try this awesome Mac and Cheese recipe! Oh, man, you are so in for a treat!
16 ounces elbow macaroni, cooked (or other tubular pasta)
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/3 c all-purpose flour
3 c whole milk
1 c heavy whipping cream
4 c sharp cheddar cheese shredded
2 c Gruyere cheese shredded
salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 c panko crumbs
4 tablespoons butter melted
1/2 c Parmesan cheese shredded
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika (or regular paprika)
Step 1: Prepare the oven and preheat to 175 degrees C or 350 degrees F.
Step 2: Apply cooking spray in a 4-quart baking dish.
Step 3: In a large mixing bowl, add the shredded cheeses and whisk until well mixed.
Step 4: Cook the pasta until al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process, then place it into a large mixing bowl.
Step 5: Drizzle olive oil over the al dente pasta and stir until well coated.
Step 6: Place a saucepan on the stove and turn the heat to medium.
Step 7: Add butter and allow it to melt.
Step 8: Add flour and whisk until well mixed and golden.
Step 9: Add heavy cream and milk. Whisk until well mixed. Cook for about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Step 10: Whisk in 2 cups of shredded cheese mixture.
Step 11: Add the rest of the cheese and whisk until thick.
Step 12: Add al dente pasta and toss until well mixed.
Step 13: Transfer 1/2 of the mac and cheese into the prepared baking dish and spread it evenly.
Step 14: Sprinkle 2 cups of cheese on top.
Step 15: Spread the rest of the mac and cheese over the cheese.
Step 16: In a mixing bowl, add Parmesan cheese, melted butter, panko crumbs, and paprika. Stir until well mixed.
Step 17: Sprinkle the mixture on top of the mac and cheese.
Step 18: Place it inside the preheated oven and bake for about 30 minutes.
Step 19: Serve hot and enjoy!
Calories: 642kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 550mg | Potassium: 256mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1325IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 650mg | Iron: 1.4mg
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