Cooks Illustrated Classic Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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Submitted by rebzillasmom

Makes 12 servings



Taken from http://www.cooksillustrated.com/recipes/detail.asp?docid=6058

Recipe Ingredients for Cooks Illustrated Classic Macaroni and Cheese

6 slices bread (good-quality, about 6 ounces), torn into rough pieces
3 tablespoons unsalted butter (cold), cut into 6 pieces
1 pound elbow macaroni
1 tablespoon table salt
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
5 cups 1% milk
8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese , shredded (2 cups)
8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese , shredded (2 cups)
1 teaspoon table salt

Recipe Directions for Cooks Illustrated Classic Macaroni and Cheese

  1. For the bread crumbs: Pulse bread and butter in food processor until crumbs are no larger than 1/8 inch, ten to fifteen 1-second pulses. Set aside.

  2. For the pasta and cheese: Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat broiler. Bring 4 quarts water to boil in Dutch oven over high heat. Add macaroni and 1 tablespoon salt; cook until pasta is tender. Drain pasta and set aside in colander.

  3. In now-empty Dutch oven, heat butter over medium-high heat until foaming. Add flour, mustard, and cayenne (if using) and whisk well to combine. Continue whisking until mixture becomes fragrant and deepens in color, about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk; bring mixture to boil, whisking constantly (mixture must reach full boil to fully thicken). Reduce heat to medium and simmer, whisking occasionally, until thickened to consistency of heavy cream, about 5 minutes. Off heat, whisk in cheeses and 1 teaspoon salt until cheeses are fully melted. Add pasta and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is steaming and heated through, about 6 minutes.

  4. Transfer mixture to broiler-safe 9-by 13-inch baking dish and sprinkle evenly with bread crumbs. Broil until crumbs are deep golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes, rotating pan if necessary for even browning. Cool about 5 minutes, then serve.

Categories

Main Dish

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 197.6g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
426
Calories from Fat
194
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
21.5g
33%
Saturated Fat
13.2g
66%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
62mg
21%
Sodium
1126mg
47%
Potassium
285mg
8%
Total Carbohydrates
39.1g
13%
Dietary Fiber
1.5g
6%
Sugars
6.7g
Protein
18.6g
Vitamin A 16% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 42% Iron 11%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
C+
  Good points
  • High in selenium
  •   Bad points
  • High in saturated fat
  • High in sodium
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