Cookbook:Macaroni & Cheese (Baked)
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- 1/2 lb (227g) elbow macaroni
- 3 Tbsp butter
- 3 Tbsp flour
- 1 Tbsp powdered mustard
- 3 c milk
- 1 red onion finely chopped
- 2 tsp Tabasco Pepper Sauce
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 large egg
- 12 oz (340g) sharp cheddar, shredded
- 1 tsp salt
- Fresh black pepper
- 3 tbsp butter
- 1 c panko bread crumbs
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the pasta until it is al dente.
- While the pasta is cooking, melt the butter in a separate pot.
- Whisk in the flour and mustard and keep it moving for about five minutes. Make sure it is free of lumps.
- Stir in the milk, onion, bay leaf, and paprika. Simmer for ten minutes and remove the bay leaf.
- Temper in the egg.
- Stir in 3/4 of the cheese.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Fold the macaroni into the mix and pour into a 2-quart casserole dish.
- Top with remaining cheese.
- Melt the butter in a sauté pan and toss the bread crumbs to coat.
- Top the macaroni with the bread crumbs.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Remove from oven and rest for 10 minutes before serving.