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Baked Macaroni and Cheese

A classic comfort food perfect for adults and kids alike. Super cheesy, super warm, extra crunchy with baked Panko crumbs on top. Make this a family favorite!

Ingredients

-3 cups uncooked elbow noodle pasta
-4 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
-5 tablespoons butter
-3/4 cup Panko crumbs
-1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
-1 teaspoon salt
-1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
-1 and 1/2 cups milk
-Paprika for topping

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350. Cook the elbow noodles according to package, and spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray.

2. In a small pot, melt 3 tablespoons of butter, then pour over the Panko crumbs and stir to coat.

3. In the same pot, over medium heat melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, then stir in the flour, salt, dry mustard, and a few dashes of pepper…stir until everything is blended. Slowly stir in the milk, and cook until smooth and slightly thickened. Remove from heat, then pour in 3 cups of the shredded cheese.

4. Place the cooked and drained elbow noodles in your baking dish. Then, pour the cheese sauce over top. Gently stir together to make sure all noodles are coated, even the noodles on the edges of the dish. Top with the remaining 1 cup of cheese, then the Panko, ad finally sprinkle generously with paprika. Bake for 20 minutes.

Enjoy!

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