Budget Menu & Dirt Cheap Recipes Dirt Cheap Dinners TNT recipe for Mac and Cheese

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      Here is the homemade one that we make…

      Servings: 4 to 6 main-course servings; 8 to 10 side-dish servings
      Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a l l/2-quart deep baking dish.
      Bring to a rolling boil in a medium saucepan:
      6 cups water

      1 1/2 teaspoons salt
      Add and cook just until tender:
      1 cups elbow macaroni (8 ounces)
      Drain and remove to a large bowl. Have ready:
      2 1/4 cups grated sharp Cheddar or Colby cheese
      Melt in a large saucepan over medium-low heat:
      2 tablespoons butter
      Whisk in and cook, whisking, for 3 minutes:
      2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
      Gradually whisk in:
      2 cups whole or skim milk
      Stir in:
      1/2 medium onion, minced

      1 bay leaf

      1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika
      Simmer gently, stirring often, for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir
      in two-thirds of the cheese. Season with:
      Salt and ground black pepper to taste
      Stir in the macaroni.

      Pour half of the mixture into the baking dish and
      sprinkle with half of the remaining cheese. Top with the remaining macaroni and
      then the remaining cheese. Melt in a small skillet over medium heat:
      1 tablespoon butter
      Add and toss to coat:
      1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs
      Sprinkle over the top of the macaroni.

      Bake until the breadcrumbs are lightly
      browned, about 30 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
      baked macaroni and cheese (reduced-fat)
      prepare baked macaroni and cheese, using skim milk instead of whole milk and
      substituting one 8-ounce package Neufchatel cheese for the Cheddar cheese. Cut
      the Neufchatel into 1-inch cubes and add it to the sauce all at once before
      seasoning with salt and ground black pepper to taste.


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Budget Menu & Dirt Cheap Recipes Dirt Cheap Dinners TNT recipe for Mac and Cheese