Classic Mac 'n Cheese with a Twist - 6/15/04

Classic Mac 'n Cheese with a Twist

1 lb Elbow Macaroni, Rotini, or other medium pasta shape
2 Tbs margarine
6 Tbs all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups grated Cheddar cheese
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse under cold water and set aside. Preheat oven to 375°.

  2. In a medium saucepan, melt margarine over low heat. Stir in flour with a whisk and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in the milk and bring the sauce to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add Cheddar cheese, cayenne pepper and salt. Stir until the cheese has melted.

  3. In a large mixing bowl, stir the cheese sauce and pasta together. Spoon into a 1 1/2-quart oven proof casserole dish. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the top. Bake until browned on top and hot all the way through, about 30-35 minutes.

Source: National Pasta Association