Baked, Crunchy-Topping, Mac N Cheese Recipe

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  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Grease a 3-quart shallow baking dish.
  3. Bring a pot of salted water (Who wants bland pasta?) to boil for the macaroni.
  4. The yummy topping: Melt 2 T unsalted butter
  5. In a bowl stir melted butter together with crushed Ritz and 1 cup cheddar until well combined. This can be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered.
  6. The yummy sauce: In a 5-quart heavy saucepan melt 3 T butter over med low heat.
  7. Stir in flour and red pepper flakes.
  8. Stir about 3 minutes and whisk in milk.
  9. Bring sauce to a boil, whisking constantly.
  10. Simmer, whisking occasionally, for about 3 minutes or so.
  11. Stir in the cream, the 4 cups of cheddar, mustard, salt, and pepper.
  12. Remove pan from heat and cover surface of sauce with wax paper.
  13. Cook macaroni in boiling water, al dente. (per package instructions)
  14. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking water.
  15. Drain macaroni.
  16. Return the macaroni to the pot (off the burner) and mix together the macaroni, reserved cooking water, and the sauce. (The sauce does stick a bit to the wax paper when removed)
  17. Transfer macaroni mixture to baking dish.
  18. Sprinkle topping evenly over the macaroni and bake on middle rack for 20 to 25 minutes, or until light golden brown and bubbling.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 1161.41 Kcal (4863 kJ)
Calories from fat 592.23 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 65.8g 101%
Cholesterol 148.79mg 50%
Sodium 1363.58mg 57%
Potassium 329.09mg 7%
Total Carbs 107.82g 36%
Sugars 13.65g 55%
Dietary Fiber 2.3g 9%
Protein 41.8g 84%
Vitamin C 0.5mg 1%
Vitamin A 2.1mg 70%
Iron 2mg 11%
Calcium 845.5mg 85%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 240.57 Kcal (1007 kJ)
Calories from fat 122.67 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13.63g 101%
Cholesterol 30.82mg 50%
Sodium 282.45mg 57%
Potassium 68.17mg 7%
Total Carbs 22.33g 36%
Sugars 2.83g 55%
Dietary Fiber 0.48g 9%
Protein 8.66g 84%
Vitamin C 0.1mg 1%
Vitamin A 0.4mg 70%
Iron 0.4mg 11%
Calcium 175.1mg 85%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 28.3
  • 32

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Total Fat

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