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Baked Macaroni and Cheese

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Baked Macaroni and Cheese
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 50 min
  • Servings 4
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Nothing's as comforting as tender pasta topped with creamy cheese!
Updated Feb 1, 2010

Ingredients

  • 7 oz uncooked penne pasta (rounded 2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (8 oz)

Steps

  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package.
  • 2
    While pasta is cooking, in 3-quart saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Stir in flour, seasoned salt, mustard, pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth and bubbly; remove from heat. Stir in milk. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute; remove from heat. Using wire whisk, stir in cheese until melted.
  • 3
    Gently stir pasta into cheese sauce. Spoon into 4 ungreased 8-oz ramekins/gratin dishes or 10-oz custard cups. Place filled cups in shallow baking pan (or cookie sheet with sides).
  • 4
    Bake uncovered 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    We've taken a comfort food classic and given it two taste twists. For over-the-top ooey-gooey goodness, sink your teeth into the Three-Cheese version; for zip and crunch, try the Mex Mac and Cheese. Thinking outside the box never tasted so good.
  • tip 2
    Replace 1 cup of the Cheddar with 3 oz cream cheese, cubed, and 4 oz shredded Gruyère cheese. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon shredded Parmesan cheese and 1/4 teaspoon chopped Italian parsley over the top of each ramekin.
  • tip 3
    Substitute 8 oz cubed process cheese spread with jalapeño peppers for the sharp Cheddar cheese. Stir in 1/4 cup salsa, and top with 1/2 cup corn chips, crushed.
  • tip 4
    Four (4 1/2-inch) foil pie pans can be substituted for the ramekins, gratin dishes or custard cups.

Nutrition

630 Calories, 34g Total Fat, 27g Protein, 55g Total Carbohydrate, 8g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
630
Calories from Fat
310
Total Fat
34g
53%
Saturated Fat
21g
105%
Trans Fat
1g
Cholesterol
100mg
33%
Sodium
850mg
36%
Potassium
320mg
9%
Total Carbohydrate
55g
18%
Dietary Fiber
2g
11%
Sugars
8g
Protein
27g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
25%
25%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
45%
45%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
3 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 2 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
3 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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