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SIMPLE BAKED MAC AND CHEESE RECIPE.

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Ingredients

(8-oz.) package elbow macaroni
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
(8-oz.) block sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded and divided

Preparation

Prep: 15 Minutes
Cook: 7 Minutes
Bake: 20 Minutes
Stand: 10 Minutes

1. Prepare pasta according to package directions. Keep warm.

2. Melt butter in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-low heat; whisk in flour until smooth. Cook, whisking constantly, 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in milk, and cook, whisking constantly, 5 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in salt, black and red pepper, 1 cup shredded cheese, and cooked pasta.

3. Spoon pasta mixture into a lightly greased 2-qt. baking dish; top with remaining 1 cup cheese.

4. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

#FACTS Some varieties of cheese like mozzarella, cheddar, Swiss and American, help prevent tooth decay. It promotes the flow of saliva which leads to elimination of sugar and acids from the mouth.

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