CHEDDAR & MUENSTER MAC & CHEESE

 

  • Cooking Time: 35 to 40 minutes
  • Servings: about 10
  • Preparation Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 oz.) package elbow macaroni
  • 5 Tbsp butter or margarine
  • 6 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp spicy brown mustard
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 5 cups milk
  • 3 cups shredded Muenster cheese, divided
  • 3 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 cup Ritz cracker crumbs (for topping; optional)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil in a large saucepan over high heat; add macaroni and cook until pasta is tender; drain and set aside.
  • In the same saucepan, heat butter or margarine over medium-high heat until foaming; add flour, mustard and Worcestershire sauce; whisk well to combine; continue whisking until mixture becomes fragrant and deepens in color, about 1 minute.
  • Gradually whisk in milk; bring mixture to a boil, whisking constantly (make sure it comes to a full boil, so it'll thicken); reduce heat to medium and simmer, whisking occasionally, until thickened to consistency of heavy cream, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat; whisk in two cups of the cheeses until fully melted; add pasta and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is steaming and heated through, about 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Transfer to a 9 X 13-inch baking dish that is sprayed with nonstick cooking spray; sprinkle with 1 cup of shredded Cheddar and 1 cup of Muenster cheese; top with cracker crumbs.
  • Bake uncovered 35 to 40 minutes, until a deep golden brown and bubbling.

Notes

This is a recipe that I came up with that used both Cheddar and Muenster cheeses (I used 2 1-pound blocks from the local deli, cubed them up and shredded them at home in the food processor, but you can use prepackaged cheese, if you like).

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