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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Some Fall Comfort Food

We are having a wonderful fall day here in east central Iowa! Just the perfect day for some comfort food for supper.  Here is a little recipe for Macaroni and Cheese from "Yankee" and takes about 25 minutes to prepare and feeds 4-6.  Here are the ingredients:
  • 7 tablespoons salted butter, divided
  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 8-ounce package ziti, macaroni, or your favorite pasta
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch crushed red-pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 8 ounces (about 2 cups) extra-sharp Vermont cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat your oven to 350°. Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a large skillet. Add panko and stir until coated; set aside. Cook pasta according to package, stopping 2 minutes shy of suggested cooking time. Drain and set aside. Meanwhile, melt remaining 4 tablespoons butter in a large, heavy saucepan over low heat; whisk in flour until smooth. Cook, whisking continuously, about 1 minute; don't let mixture brown. Add milk gradually and cook over medium heat, whisking continuously, until mixture is thickened and bubbly, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; add salt, pepper, red-pepper flakes, mustard, and cheeses, whisking until melted. Add pasta; then spoon mixture into a lightly greased 2-quart casserole or four lightly greased 2-cup baking dishes. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until bubbly.

I enjoy with some crusty bread and a side of broccoli!

Sending some virtual hugs your way (and let your kitties roll in the fall leaves today).

5 comments:

  1. Oh yumm! This certainly does look delicious! Thank you for this wonderful recipe! Sure fall like over here in western Iowa today too!

    Blessings
    xoxo Gert

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  2. Oh...that sounds heavenly....I'm a HUGE mac n' cheese fan of the homemade sort - and this sounds like the cat's meow. Definitely going on the "to try" list....TFS!! As for kitties - no leaves for them today....it's blustery, windy and rainy here - they're snuggled in blankies and napping it out....Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

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  3. Ummmm sounds wonderful. I believe I will try that recipe. Thanks for sharing.

    Felicia

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  4. Oh my husband loves homemade mac and cheese. Thanks for the recipe. -Steph-

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