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Marilyn’s Mac & Cheese

Posted Wednesday, January 19th 2011 @ 4am
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 small onion, quartered
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 sprigs parsley
  • 1 teaspoon whole peppercorns
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 5 cups shredded cheddar cheese (1 pound, 4 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 12 ounces macaroni, cooked according to package directions, well drained
 Pour the milk and cream into a non-reactive saucepan.  Add the onion, herbs and peppercorns.  Heat just until scalded.  Remove from the heat and allow to sit for 30 minutes.  Strain and return to the pan. Reheat just until hot.In a heavy pan, melt the butter.  Stir in the flour and cook, without browning, for 2 full minutes, stirring constantly.Pour in the hot milk and whisk until the mixture bubbles and thickens.Remove from the heat and stir in 4 cups of the cheese.  Add the salt, Tabasco and mustard.  Stir until cheese is melted.Fold in the cooked macaroni.Pour into a 2 quart baking pan.  Top with the remaining cup of cheese.Bake in the center of a preheated 350 º F. oven for about 30 minutes or until hot through.Serves 8.

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