Dijon mustard, sharp Cheddar, and hot sauce are the three secret ingredients in this creamy baked macaroni and cheese that give the casserole an extra bite. Pair this comfort food with a side salad to round out the meal.
Prep: 15 minutes, Cook: 40 minutes
1 (8-ounce) package dried elbow macaroni or favorite pasta (about 2 1/4 cups, uncooked)
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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