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Lindy's Favorite Macaroni and Cheese with steamed broccoli and smoked pork chop on a plate.

Lindy's Favorite Macaroni and Cheese

LindySez
Cheesy deliciousness! That’s what I want in my mac n cheese, so I came up with Lindy’s Favorite Macaroni and Cheese recipe that is delish creaminess.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Casseroles, Main Course, Vegetarian
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • For the Mac n Cheese
  • ½ pound elbow macaroni cooked for 2 minutes LESS than the package directions you want to have a really al dente macaroni as it will cook more in the oven
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour less flour makes for a looser roux
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pound grated cheese I used white cheddar, but use what you like. A combo of cheddar and Jarlsburg, or Swiss, or Gruyere …
  • ½ cup sour cream low-fat OK non-fat is not
  • For the Crunchy Topping
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup panko

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the Mac n Cheese: Butter a 2-quart baking dish.
  • Heat oven to 325º F.
  • Cook pasta 2 minutes less from package direction, drain and pour into the casserole dish.
  • While pasta cooks, heat the 4 tablespoons butter in a saucepan over medium heat; add the flour and cook, stirring for about 3 minutes or until you have a light brown roux. Slowly add the milk, stirring constantly until the roux begins to thicken. Add the mustard and a bit of salt and pepper.
  • Continuing to stir, slowly add the cheese (it helps if you grate the cheese in advance and let it sit at room temperature for about an hour); once the cheese is melted, stir in the sour cream. Mix well, then pour over the macaroni (it will seem very soupy, no worries, it will all work out).
  • Prepare the Crunchy ToppingI: n a sauté pan, melt the remaining butter and add the panko, stir and sauté until panko is lightly browned. Spoon panko over the top of the mac n cheese and put in the oven for about 30 – 35 minutes, or until bubbly. Let sit 5 minutes and serve.
Keyword creamy mac n cheese
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