20 Minute Baked Mac & Cheese

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  • 4oz macaroni noodles
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup milk (any % fat will work)
  • 1 cup good quality grated cheese (cheddar, monterey jack, gruyère, havarti)
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • salt & pepper to taste

 

Directions

1. Add salt to water in a medium pot. Boil water and cook macaroni to al dente.
2. Right after you add the noodles to the boiling water, start melting butter in saucepan. Add Flour, paprika and salt and pepper. Stir continuously for about two minutes until a (paste) roux is formed.
3. Add milk gradually, stirring frequently over medium heat until it comes to a boil. Turn down heat to low and continue stirring until the sauce thickens, about 2 minutes, then turn off heat. Add cheese little by little, stirring until melted, until you’ve used up 3/4ths cup of cheese. Save remaining cheese. Turn off heat.
4. Move an oven rack to second position from the top. Turn on broiler.
5. Drain cooked pasta and add pasta to cheese sauce. Stir to coat noodles.
6. Add noodles to oven safe dish. Top with remaining cheese. Broil dish for 3-5 minutes until cheese melts and starts to bubble.
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