Wednesday, October 10, 2012

MORE WARS! Macaroni & Cheese

Mitt is promising us lots of action in the Mid East.

MORE WARS! Macaroni & Cheese
Makes 6 servings

The ultimate comfort food.

4 Tbsp. butter, divided
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1/4 tsp. paprika
3 Tbsp. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 cups milk
2 cups (8 oz.) shredded pepper-jack cheese, divided
2 cups macaroni, cooked and drained

Heat oven to 375F.

Melt 1 Tbsp. butter in skillet over medium heat.  Stir in panko and paprika; cook and stir 1 minute or until crumbs are golden brown.  Set crumbs aside.

Melt remaining butter in large saucepan on low heat. Add flour, salt and pepper; mix well. Cook 2 minutes or until bubbly. Gradually add milk, stirring until well blended. Cook on medium heat until mixture boils and thickens, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low; simmer 3 to 5 minutes or until thickened. Add 1-1/2 cups of the cheese; cook until melted, stirring constantly. Add macaroni; mix lightly.

Spoon into 1-1/2-quart casserole; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese.
Bake 20 minutes or until bubbly around edges.

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