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Ultimate Mac n Cheese Recipe

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Ultimate Mac n Cheese Recipe
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Ingredients

  • 16 oz elbow macaroni (or any tubular pasta)
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp paprika (optional for a smoky flavor)

How To Make Ultimate Mac n Cheese Recipe

  1. Prepare the Pasta: Start by boiling the elbow macaroni in a large pot of salted water until al dente. Drain and set aside, keeping the pasta slightly undercooked as it will continue to cook in the oven.
  2. Make the Roux: In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Sprinkle in the flour and whisk continuously for about 1 minute, creating a smooth, thick base for your sauce.
  3. Craft the Cheese Sauce: Slowly pour in the milk, stirring constantly to prevent lumps. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then reduce the heat. Add the cheddar and mozzarella cheeses, stirring until completely melted and the sauce is smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Combine and Mix: Add the cooked pasta to the cheese sauce, stirring gently until all the pasta is evenly coated. Transfer this mixture to a greased baking dish.
  5. Add the Topping: In a small bowl, mix panko breadcrumbs with olive oil and paprika. Sprinkle this topping over the mac and cheese to add a crispy texture and extra flavor.
  6. Bake to Perfection: Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C) and bake for about 20 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and crispy.
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