Easy, Creamy Mac and Cheese

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Recipe Time

Hands On: 20 Minutes
Total: 20 Minutes


Ingredients

  • 1/2 (16-oz.) package rotini pasta
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 (10-oz.) block 2% sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded

Preparation

  1. 1. Prepare pasta according to package directions.
  2. 2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Gradually whisk in flour until smooth; cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk and next 3 ingredients; cook, whisking constantly, 8 to 10 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat.
  3. 3. Gradually stir in Cheddar cheese, stirring until cheese is melted and sauce is smooth. Stir in hot cooked pasta. Serve immediately.
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