Hands-on Time
22 Mins
Total Time
47 Mins
Yield
Makes 6 to 8 servings

How to Make It

Step 1

WHISK FLOUR INTO BUTTER

Step 2

Preheat oven to 400°. Microwave milk at HIGH for 1 1/2 minutes. Melt butter in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium-low heat; whisk in flour until smooth. Cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute.

Step 3

WHISK IN WARM MILK

Step 4

Gradually whisk in warm milk, and cook, whisking constantly, 5 minutes or until thickened.

Step 5

WHISK IN CHEESE

Step 6

Whisk in salt, black pepper, 1 cup shredded cheese, and, if desired, red pepper until smooth; stir in pasta. Spoon pasta mixture into a lightly greased 2-qt. baking dish; top with remaining cheese. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until golden and bubbly.

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