5 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)

To gain an extra measure of flavor, I like to steep the milk with onion and herbs before making the sauce. Smoked Gouda works great for the second cheese.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place bread in a food processor; pulse 10 times or until coarse crumbs form to measure 2/3 cup. Set aside.

Step 2

Combine 1 1/2 cups milk and next 6 ingredients (1 1/2 cups milk through garlic) in a saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 30 minutes. Strain milk mixture through a sieve into a large bowl; discard solids.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 4

Place flour in a small bowl; gradually add 1/2 cup milk, stirring with a whisk until blended. Add flour mixture, mustard, salt, and red pepper to milk mixture, stirring well with a whisk. Stir in macaroni and cheeses; spoon into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with breadcrumbs. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until lightly browned.

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