It's crucial to cook the pasta until tender--just past the "al dente" stage. In fact, overcooking is better than undercooking the pasta. Whole, low-fat, and skim milk all work well in this recipe. The recipe can be halved and baked in an 8-inch-square, broilersafe baking dish. If desired, offer celery salt or hot sauce (such as Tabasco) for sprinkling at the table.
FOR THE BREAD CRUMBS:
Pulse bread and butter in food processor until crumbs are no larger than 1/8 inch, ten to fifteen 1-second pulses. Set aside.
FOR THE PASTA AND CHEESE:
Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat broiler. Bring 4 quarts water to boil in Dutch oven over high heat. Add macaroni and
1 tablespoon salt; cook until pasta is tender. Drain pasta and set aside in colander.
In now-empty Dutch oven, heat butter over medium-high heat until foaming. Add flour, mustard, and cayenne (if using) and whisk well to combine. Continue whisking until mixture becomes fragrant and deepens in color, about
1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk; bring mixture to boil, whisking constantly (mixture must reach full boil to fully thicken). Reduce heat to medium and simmer, whisking occasionally, until thickened to consistency of heavy cream, about 5 minutes. Off heat, whisk in cheeses and
1 teaspoon salt until cheeses are fully melted. Add pasta and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is steaming and heated through, about 6 minutes.
Transfer mixture to broiler-safe 9-by 13-inch baking dish and sprinkle evenly with bread crumbs. Broil until crumbs are deep golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes, rotating pan if necessary for even browning. Cool about 5 minutes, then serve.
Serves 6 to 8, or 10 to 12 as a side
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (492g)|
|Recipe Makes: 6-8 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 1067 (71%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 118.5g||158 %|
|Saturated Fat 74g||370 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 31.2g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 5.1g|
|Cholesterol 317.6mg||98 %|
|Sodium 745.5mg||26 %|
|Potassium 357.9mg||9 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 80g||24 %|
|Dietary Fiber 4.5g||18 %|
|Sugars, other 75.6g|
|Protein 33g||47 %|
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Calories per serving: 1503
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