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Yes, Another Macaroni and Cheese

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5 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons flour
2 1/2 cups half and half
1 pound sharp cheddar cheese, cut 1/2 inch pieces
1/2 pound Colby cheese, cut 1/2 inch pieces
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
pinch nutmeg
pinch cayenne pepper
salt and fresh ground pepper
1 pound elbow macaroni
3/4 cup plain dry bread crumbs


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously butter a shallow 2 quart baking dish. Melt 3 tablespoons of the butter in a large saucepan. Add the flour and cook over moderate heat for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the half and half and cook over moderate heat, whisking constantly until thickened, about 3 minutes. Add one half of the cheddar and colby cheese and cook over the heat, sturring, until melted. Stir in the mustand, nutmeg, salt, pepper.

Meanwhile, cook the elbow macaroni in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente. Drain very well. Return the macaroni to the pot. Add the cheese sauce and the remaining cheese and stir until combined. Spread the macaroni in the prepared baking dish.

In a small glass bowl, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in a microwave oven. Add the bread crumbs, season and salt and pepper and stir until evenly moistened. Sprinkle the buttered crumbs over the macaroni and bake for 45 minutes or until bubbling and golden on the top. Let stand for 15 minu

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