Cayenne Macaroni and Cheese

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Ingredients

8 tablespoon butter
6 tablespoon flour
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1 pinch salt
1 pinch white pepper
3-3/4 cups hot milk
4 cups grated cheddar cheese
1 lb short macaroni, cooked
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350°.

Melt 6 tbsp. butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, for about 4 minutes (flour mixture must foam as it cooks, or sauce will have a raw-flour taste). Stir in cayenne and season to taste with salt and white pepper. Whisk in hot milk, 1/4 cup at a time, and cook, whisking constantly, until sauce thickens. Reduce heat to low and stir in 2 cups of cheese. Cook, stirring, until cheese melts, about 2 minutes.

Combine cheese sauce and cooked macaroni in a large bowl and season with salt.

Sprinkle 1/2 cup cheese over the bottom of a buttered 8" X 11" baking dish. Put one-third of the pasta in the dish, top with 1/2 cup cheese, then repeat, layering pasta and cheese, ending with cheese, making three layers in all.

Pour cream over assembled macaroni and cheese. Melt remaining 2 tbsp. butter in a skillet. Add bread crumbs and stir to coat well with melted butter, then sprinkle over macaroni and cheese.

Bake until crust is golden, about 30 minutes. Allow to rest for 15 minutes before serving.

Yield

Serves 8 to 10

Cook Time

Prep Time: 20 mins.
Cook Time: 60 mins.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition information is provided as a resource. Values will vary depending on specific ingredients used.
Serving Size: 1
Number of Servings: Serves 8 to 10
Amount Per Serving:
Calories: 687
Calories from Fat: 396

Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 44g
67%
Carbohydrates 61g
20%
Dietary Fiber 6g
24%
Saturated Fat 30g
150%
Calories 687kcal
34%
Cholesterol 118mg
39%
Protein 35g
58%
Sodium 513mg
21%
Calcium
12%
Iron
16%
Vitamin A
28%
Vitamin C
5%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.