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Friday, November 4, 2011

Mac N Cheese

Inspired by a recipe by Gina...

8 oz Pasta (we like a quinoa-corn pasta)
2 Tbs butter
4 Tbs Flour (we used GF)
1 Tbs minced garlic
1 Tbs onion flakes
1 1/4 cups milk
3/4 cup chicken broth
2 cups shredded cheese (sharper cheese works best, we used a blend)
Salt and pepper to taste

1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs (we used ground Chex with a little salt/pepper/garlic)
Pam cooking spray

Cook pasta al dente, according to package (especially if using GF pasta)

Spray baking dish with cooking spray (or use a Demarle silicone pan like I did-no spray!)

Preheat oven to 375°

In a large skillet, melt butter. Add garlic and onion, and stir over medium heat 1 minute.

Add flour and stir another minute, until golden and well combined.

Add chicken broth and whisk until well combined. Whisk in milk, raising heat to medium-high until it begins to boil. Continue whisking for about 5 minutes, while mixture thickens.

Season with salt and pepper.

Remove from heat and stir in cheese, until melted.

Add pasta, then pour into baking dish.

Pour breadcrumbs (or Chex + seasonings) over the top evenly. Spray with cooking spray (helps browning).

Bake in oven for 20-30 minutes, until bubbly and golden.

***Oh my! This was delicious. Of course it doesn't closely resemble the inspiration recipe anymore since I used full fat options, but hey, it's Mac-N-Cheese! It is supposed to be sinful and delicious! At least that's what hubby says :-) Hubby's request: DO NOT ever, EVER lose this recipe (and don't add veggies to my mac n cheese)! Done and done. Make this! It is definitely a keeper! (p.s. we ate this with grilled chicken and brussel sprouts. It's all about balance :-) )***

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