How to Make Macaroni and Cheese

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How to Make Macaroni and Cheese. Homemade macaroni and cheese is an American classic and a true delight. It's also easy to make - forget that stuff in the blue box! This recipe serves about four.

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Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

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Use a Stockpot and boil the pasta in plenty of salted boiling water until tender. Drain and reserve.

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Meanwhile, melt 1/3 cup of the butter in a saucepan over medium heat and add the onion. Cook for two minutes.

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Add the white pepper and flour. Cook, stirring constantly, for three to four minutes. Don't let the flour brown; lower the heat if it does.

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Add the mustard and milk and bring to a simmer.

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Simmer for 10-15 minutes. The sauce will thicken. It should be very thick but not gluey. Add more milk if it thickens too much.

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Once the sauce has simmered for at least 10 minutes, add the cheddar and gruyere cheeses and half the parmesan.

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Shut off heat and stir them in. Stir the cheeses in as they melt. Return the pan to low heat if necessary.

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Working quickly, toss the pasta in the cheese sauce. Toss it well so the sauce gets inside the pasta tubes.

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Place the pasta in an 11- by 14-inch glass or ceramic baking dish.

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Sprinkle the remaining parmesan cheese over the top.

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Melt the remaining butter, stir it into the breadcrumbs and sprinkle this mixture over the top of the pasta.

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Bake for about 30 minutes or until the top is golden and toasted.