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For a pan of classic, special occasion-worthy mac, our easy baked macaroni and cheese recipe is the best around. You’ll want to whisk warm milk into the flour mixture to ensure a lump-free sauce. We also recommend shredding your own cheese, rather than buying pre-shredded cheddar, for a creamier texture. (We tested this baked mac and cheese with Cracker Barrel Extra-Sharp Cheddar.) Follow these simple tips, and you’ll have yourself the perfect pan of golden, creamy macaroni and cheese, ready for any occasion, in no time flat. 

Recipe by Southern Living October 2009

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Recipe Summary

hands-on:
22 mins
total:
47 mins
Yield:
Makes 6 to 8 servings
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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

  • 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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