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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 8
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 445.9
  • Total Fat: 19.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 53.8 mg
  • Sodium: 854.1 mg
  • Total Carbs: 50.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.5 g
  • Protein: 17.1 g

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Marvelous Macaroni and Cheese

Submitted by: KARENMON
Marvelous Macaroni and Cheese

Introduction

Not as high-fat as other versions of mac and cheese, but only eat in moderation! Not as high-fat as other versions of mac and cheese, but only eat in moderation!
Number of Servings: 8

Ingredients

    * 1 lb macaroni (I prefer large elbows or medium shells)
    * 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    * 6 tablespoons butter or margarine (I prefer butter)
    * 2 cups milk (I use skim)
    * 8 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
    * 1 teaspoon salt
    * 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

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Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
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Cook macaroni according to package instructions.
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Drain, rinse and set aside.
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In same pot over low heat, melt the butter.
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Add flour, salt and pepper and whisk into melted butter until smooth.
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Simmer and stir until mixture thickens into a paste and is golden.
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Slowly add milk and whisk into butter mixture until smooth.
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Bring to boil and then simmer until thickened.
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There is no way to tell you how thick, except to say it should be thicker than gravy but not as thick as pudding.
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If you have made basic white sauce, you will know when it is thick enough.
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Remove pot from heat.
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Add cheddar cheese and stir until cheese starts to melt.
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Add macaroni and stir until coated.
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Pour into a 9 x 12 baking dish or 2 quart casserole.
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As an extra indulgence, you can sprinkle 4 oz more cheese on top.
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I only do this if I happen to buy a 12 oz bag or block instead of 8 oz.
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Bake about 20- 30 minutes, when you see top getting a bit crispy and brown.


Number of Servings: 8

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user KARENMON.






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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I have made this several times. I find it kinda of bland but, I added more pepper and a few other spices. I usually use more cheese and make this as a side to a meal. I put the rest away and it is great for reheating or bringing to work. - 1/28/10

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Fantastic! Super easy to make and tastes great as leftovers. - 8/14/09

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  • The boyfriend crumbled bacon on top and loved it. I thought it was pretty good. - 2/28/12

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  • I haven't made this, but I'm sure you can make this with considerably less butter. My mom's recipe is very similar and only calls for 2 tablespoons. If it's anything like my mom's, it's delicious! - 1/27/10

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  • The only problem with this recipe is they say to rinse the macaroni after it cooks......I was told never to rinse macaroni after cooking because you are rinsing away the starch in it!! You can drain the macaroni just don't rinse it!! - 11/13/09

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  • made half recipe for my husband and I and we liked it. Next time I might try adding a little more cheese or making a little less of the white sauce cuz we like ours really cheesy. Great base recipe, thanks!! - 9/22/09

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  • I used only 2 cups of macaroni, 3 tbl butter, 3 tbl flour, 8 slices of American Cheese, and tweaked the rest of the ingredients to fit. The taste was simply wonderful. - 5/31/09

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  • It's good, but I'm not sure yet if it's worth the time to make. It's better than the box - of course - and easy, which is a huge plus. But 45 minutes for what takes 15 via box?

    Add bread crumbs or Parmesan on top for extra deliciousness. - 4/17/09

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