MAIN DISHES

Mac 'n' Cheese


mac-n-cheese

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) Darigold Butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups Darigold milk, heated but not boiled
  • 6 cups (24 oz.) shredded Darigold Naturally White Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 teaspoons Tabasco or other hot pepper sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pound large elbow macaroni, cooked according to package directions
  • 1/2 cup Darigold Whipping Cream
  • 1/4 cup fresh whole-wheat bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 teaspoon chili powder or hot paprika, to top
  • Fresh chopped parsley as garnish (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

Melt butter in a heavy, large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add flour and cook about 4 minutes, stirring constantly with a wire whisk. Gradually whisk in hot milk, about one cup at a time, and cook, whisking constantly until sauce is bubbly and thickens (about 5 minutes). Remove from heat; add Cheddar cheese, stirring until cheese melts. Stir in hot pepper sauce and ground black pepper.

Combine cheese mixture and cooked macaroni in a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Pour cream over the macaroni and cheese. Combine bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese and chili powder or hot paprika; sprinkle over top of macaroni mixture. Bake at 375° F. 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Garnish with parsley and serve.

RECIPE YIELD/SERVING SIZE

Makes 8 to 10 servings.