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Macaroni and Blue Cheese

Andrea Springer
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main or Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 7 tablespoons butter divided use
  • 1 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 tablespoons shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni or shells
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 5 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 8 ounces blue cheese crumbles
  • 8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Topping: Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in the microwave. Add bread crumbs to the melted butter and toss with a fork until coated. Add Parmesan and 4 tablespoons of mozzarella cheese. Set aside.
  • To 4 quarts of salted boiling water, add macaroni and cook until pasta is tender, just past al-dente stage.
  • Drain the pasta in a colander and set aside. In the same pot, heat the remaining butter over medium-high heat until foaming. Add flour, mustard, and cayenne, whisking until the mixture turns light golden.
  • Slowly add milk while continuing to whisk. Bring to a full boil and reduce heat to simmer for about 5 minutes. Whisk in the Worcestershire sauce. Remove from heat and add cheese. Stir until melted. At this point, taste the sauce and salt and pepper to taste. Turn on the oven broiler. Add drained pasta to the sauce and return to medium heat, stir constantly until piping hot (about 5 minutes).
  • Transfer to an appropriately sized casserole dish and sprinkle with topping. Broil until crumbs are golden brown and the cheese is melted, about 3 minutes.
  • Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

This recipe can easily be halved using these amounts:
Half Recipe
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons butter (divided use)
  • ½ cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 8 oz elbow macaroni or shells
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 ½ cups milk
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 8 ounces blue cheese crumbles
  • 8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste