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Easy Baked Macaroni And Cheese

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Ingredients
  Rigatoni/Penne / other tubular pasta 1⁄2 Pound (Uncooked)
  Butter 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs) (1/2 Stick)
  All purpose flour 3 Teaspoon
  Milk 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Garlic powder 1 Teaspoon
  Dijon mustard 1 Teaspoon
  Grated sharp cheddar 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Swiss cheese/Emmental / gruyere 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
Directions

Cook the pasta until "al dente."
In a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter.
Stir in the flour until the butter is absorbed.
Add the milk slowly while continuing to stir.
Stir in the garlic powder and the mustard.
Then add the two cheeses and stir until blended into a smooth thick sauce.
Put the cooked pasta into a buttered casserole and mix in the sauce, ensuring that it entirely covers the pasta.
Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 15 minutes until brown and heated through.
Put under the broiler for a minute or so to make the top crispier if you like.
Serve as a side dish to grilled pork sausages or with strips of cured ham.
This can be zoomed up a bit with a dash of Tabasco added to the sauce, or sprinkle crisp, crumbled bacon over the top as a garnish.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Main Dish
Method: 
Baked
Restriction: 
Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Cheese
Interest: 
Kids, Healthy
Preparation Time: 
5 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
25 Minutes
Servings: 
1

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