Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and set aside. Melt butter in a large heavy saucepan over low heat; add flour, stirring until smooth. Cook 3 to 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Turn heat to medium; gradually whisk in milk, and cook over medium heat, stirring or whisking constantly until thickened, about 10 minutes. Stir in pasta, mustard, and next 4 ingredients, stirring just until cheese begins to melt.
Pour pasta mixture into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with Parmigiano-Reggiano or more Cheddar. If desired, top with fresh breadcrumbs, and drizzle evenly with melted butter.
Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25 minutes or until bubbly and golden. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
This was extremely bland. The second time I tried it, I added more hot sauce, crushed red pepper, garlic salt and crisp bacon to add a bit of complexity. I know that I changed it from traditional mac and cheese, but no one liked the version I made following the recipe the first time. I definitely won't make it again.
This is one of my favorite mac and cheese recipes and I make it every time my family ask for it because it is now a staple on our home. I reduce the calories a little more by using 1% milk and reduced fat cheese. It still has the same great taste and they don't taste the difference.
Finally, a keeper macaroni and cheese recipe. Actually, I cut the entire recipe in half but if the full recipe comes out as good as the half then try it!I took the advice of other commenters and added a little bit more cheese and hot sauce. So great! The fresh breadcrumbs really add some nice touch.
I love this recipe and have made it several times now. It's the perfect blend of cheesy and creamy. I don't think it is bland, it tastes like traditional macaroni and cheese. Sometimes I add a litlle more hot sauce but for the most part I don't change a thing.
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