This cheesy comfort dish is a classic that your whole family will love!
high-sided skillet or large saucepan
1 lb (500 g) elbow macaroni
1/3 cup (75 mL) butter
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup (60 mL) all-purpose flour
4 cups (1 L) milk
1 Tbsp (15 mL) dijon mustard
3/4 Tsp (4 mL) salt
1/4 (1 mL) pepper
1/2 Tsp (2 mL) hot sauce
pinch of ground nutmeg
1 1/2 cups (375 mL) shredded aged white and orange cheddar cheese
1/2 cup (125 mL) cheddar cheese spread
1 cup (250 mL) fresh bread crumbs
1/4 cup (60 mL) grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup (60 mL) chopped fresh parsley
2 Tbsp (30 mL) melted butter
Preheat oven to 400˚F (200˚C). Grease 13 x 9-inch (3.5 L) baking dish.
In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook macaroni until al dente; drain and set aside.
Meanwhile, in a high-sided skillet or large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; cook onion and garlic for about 5 minutes or until softened and lightly golden. Sprinkle flour over top; cook, stirring constantly, for 1 or 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in milk until smooth; bring to boil.
Reduce heat and cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 8 minutes or until sauce thickens slightly. Stir in mustard, salt, pepper, hot sauce and nutmeg; remove from heat. Stir in shredded Cheddar cheese and cheese spread; stir in macaroni. Transfer to prepared baking dish.
Topping: Stir together bread crumbs with Parmesan, parsley and melted butter.
Sprinkle Topping evenly over macaroni. Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden and bubbly. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
This classic, one-pan meal is perfect for those nights when you want to treat your family to something delicious and hearty without the big cleanup. For added creaminess, add a generous dollop of sour cream!