Macaroni & Cheese

Jim took charge of Macaroni and Cheese, and found the right combination of ingredients on the second attempt – it was delicious.

Servings: 6

4 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, coarsely grated, divided
4 oz. double gloucester cheese (or substitute with a mild, yellow cheddar)
2 oz. Fontina cheese, coarsely grated
2 Tbsp. butter
2 cups milk, divided
1 oz. grated Parmesan cheese, finely grated
2 Tbsp. dry bread crumbs

10 oz. macaroni noodles
4 qt. water
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
4 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. paprika
2-1/2 tsp. salt, divided

Boil and prepare macaroni
Bring 2 quarts of water with 2 tsp. of salt to a boil. Boil macaroni until al dente, approximately five minutes. Strain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking. Drain pasta  and place in a bowl large enough for the final dish. Mix half of the sharp cheddar and 1/2 cup of milk with the cooked macaroni.

Prepare topping
Mix the grated parmesan, dry bread crumbs, and paprika in a separate bowl and set aside.

Make roux
Melt the butter in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Add the flour, stirring until the roux cooks to a light, golden brown. Remove from heat and set aside.

Prepare cheese sauce
Heat the remaining milk in a double-boiler with the Worcestershire sauce and 1/2 tsp. of salt. Add the grated cheeses and allow to melt. Once the cheese has all melted, add the roux and whisk until the sauce is smooth and creamy. Mix sauce into bowl of cooked macaroni.

Spoon the macaroni and cheese mixture into portion sized, oven-safe dishes. Sprinkle each portion with approximately 2 Tbsp. of the topping mixture. Broil in the oven until the topping melts and slightly browns, approximately 2 minutes, then serve immediately.

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