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Stovetop Cheddar Mac

September 2007
Stovetop Cheddar Mac

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Make mac and cheese in minutes.

Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 10 mins

Cook: 20 mins

Ingredients
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups half-and-half, warmed
  • 1 8 ounce bag  shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese (about 2 cups)
  • Salt
Directions
  1. In a large saucepan of boiling, salted water, cook the macaroni until al dente; drain in a colander.
  2. In the same saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in the warmed half-and-half and cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture is steaming hot and thick, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheddar until melted. Stir in the cooked macaroni and season to taste with salt.
Tip Smart move
  • Heat the half-and-half in the microwave for two minutes.