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The Best Homemade Mac & Cheese

I've started making this every year for Thanksgiving because it is just SO good.

Prep
Cook
Serves 8people
Ingredients
1
lb Pasta (macoroni, conchiglie, or any favorite)
1
qt Milk
1/2
cup Flour
1/2
cup Unsalted Butter
1/2
tsp nutmeg
3/4
tbsp Salt (plus 1 tsp to salt the pasta water)
3/4
tsp Pepper
10
oz Gruyer Cheese (freshly grated)
6
oz Sharp Cheddar (freshly grated)
6
oz Red Cheddar (freshly grated)
1/3
cup Pecorino Romano
1/4
cup Bread Crumbs
2
tbsp Olive Oil
Any of the cheese above can be substituted for your favorite. I have trouble finding red cheddar, so I usually just go 12 oz sharp cheddar.
Directions
1.
Grate all of the cheeses.
2.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Then, bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add olive oil to pot. Add pasta and cook according to instructions and drain.
3.
While pasta is cooking, heat the milk in a pot (do NOT allow milk to boil).
4.
Melt 7 Tbsp of unsalted butter in another large pot. Add the flour and whisk while it cooks on low heat for 2 to 3 minutes.
5.
Remove from heat and mix in the cheeses, salt, nutmeg, and pepper.
6.
In a separate skillet, melt one Tbsp of butter and mix with breadcrumbs.
7.
Add the cooked pasta to the milk and cheese mixture and stir well.
8.
Transfer pasta mixture to a baking dish and top with the breadcrumbs and more pecorino romano if desired.
9.
Bake at 375 for 35 minutes.

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