I have also made this since it was originally published and keep returning to it. Family loves it and great potluck casserole.
Macaroni and Cheese
"Even now, I still get a craving for really creamy macaroni and cheese," says Sunset's senior food editor, Jerry Anne Di Vecchio, after almost four decades of pushing the culinary envelope. Satisfy your own craving for a comfort-inducing pasta meal by making this cheesy dish tonight.
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- Calories: 415
- Calories from fat: 22%
- Protein: 25g
- Fat: 10g
- Saturated fat: 6.4g
- Carbohydrate: 52g
- Fiber: 1.9g
- Sodium: 532mg
- Cholesterol: 34mg
- 3/4 pound dried elbow macaroni
- 2 slices (2 oz. total) whole-wheat bread
- 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
- 3/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cans (12 oz. each) evaporated nonfat milk
- 1 cup vegetable or chicken broth
- 3 cups (3/4 lb.) shredded reduced-fat (made with 2% milk) sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Salt and pepper
- 1. Cook macaroni in about 2 quarts boiling water just until tender to bite, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain.
- 2. Meanwhile, tear bread into 1/2-inch chunks. In a food processor or blender, combine bread, parmesan cheese, and 1/4 teaspoon paprika; whirl until mixture is coarse crumbs.
- 3. In 5- to 6-quart pan over high heat, frequently stir onion and 2 tablespoons water until onion is limp and begins to brown, about 4 minutes. Stir in flour and remaining 1/2 teaspoon paprika.
- 4. Remove onion mixture from heat and blend in milk and broth until smooth, then stir over high heat until sauce boils, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat again, add cheese, and stir until it melts. Add nutmeg, and salt and pepper to taste.
- 5. Add macaroni to cheese sauce and mix, then pour into a shallow 2- to 2 1/2-quart casserole. Sprinkle with seasoned bread crumbs.
- 6. Bake in a 450° oven until crumbs are browned, 3 to 4 minutes.
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