Quick and Easy Mac and Cheese

Make a double batch and freeze the other! Serve with peas or other veggie!

Quick and Easy Mac n Cheese

1 lb elbow pasta
1 stick butter
1/2 cup flour
4 cups skim milk
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp nutmeg
6 cups cheddar cheese, divided
1. Boil pasta according to package directions, side aside.
2. Melt butter in a large enameled cast iron pot over medium-low heat. Once melted, and flour and whisk well.
3. Slowly add milk and cook, stirring frequently with the whisk, until thickened and smooth – you will see mixture start to bubble. Raise heat to medium if necessary. This will take about 4 – 5 minutes.
4. Reduce temperature to low, add Salt, pepper and nutmeg and stir well.
5. Add 5 1/2 cups of cheese and mix until melted. Stir in pasta and mix well.
6. Top with 1/2 cup of cheese and breadcrumbs if using.
7. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 30 – 35 minutes.
8. To make ahead: complete steps 1 through 5, then refrigerate until ready to bake. Put on the bread crumbs and bake for about 40 – 45 minutes.
Servings: 8

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