Shredding a block of cheese adds a little more prep time, but the smooth and creamy results are worth it.

Recipe by Southern Living February 2007

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
7 mins
total:
17 mins
Yield:
Makes 2 to 3 main-dish or 4 to 6 side-dish servings
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Prepare pasta according to package directions. Keep warm.

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  • Melt butter in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-low heat; whisk in flour until smooth. Cook, whisking constantly, 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in milk, and cook, whisking constantly, 5 minutes or until thickened. Stir in salt, black and red pepper, and shredded cheese until melted. Add cooked pasta, and serve immediately.

  • Note: For testing purposes only, we used Kraft Sharp Cheddar Cheese. To lighten, 2% reduced-fat milk and reduced-fat cheese may be substituted.