Baked Macaroni & Cheese
Prep time 15 mins
Cook time 60 mins|
Take some pasta, add a ridiculous amount of cheese, and then wood fire it. So simple, yet so brilliant.
5 qt Water
1 Tbsp Salt
2 lb Elbow Macaroni
12 Tbsp (1 1/2 sticks), plus extra for buttering the pan Butter
1/2 cup Flour
1 tsp Dry Mustard
1-1/2 to 2 cups Milk
2 lb Velveeta or American Cheese, Cut into 1/2" Cubes
1-1/2 cups Mild Cheddar Cheese, Grated
2 cups Plain Dry Breadcrumbs
Paprika, as needed
1 DISPOSABLE ALUMINUM ROASTING PAN OR LARGE HEAT-PROOF CASSEROLE DISH
Bring 5 quarts of water to a boil in a large stockpot over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of salt.
Add the macaroni and stir. Cook for 2 minutes less than the time recommended on the package (the pasta will continue to cook in the Traeger). Stir periodically to keep the pasta from sticking.
Drain well, and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
Melt 8 tablespoons (1 stick) of butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Gradually add the flour and mustard, whisking constantly. Continue whisking for about 2 minutes, being careful the mixture doesn't begin to brown. Gradually whisk in 1-1/2 cups of the milk, whisking continuously until the mixture is smooth.
Reduce the heat to medium-low and stir in the Velveeta, one-third at a time, until all the cheese is incorporated and melted.
Add more milk if the cheese sauce seems too thick. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Pour the cheese sauce over the pasta and stir gently with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon.
Butter the roasting pan or casserole dish and pour the macaroni and cheese evenly into the pan. Sprinkle the cheddar cheese on top.
Melt the remaining butter in a saucepan. Add the breadcrumbs and stir to coat with butter. Spread the breadcrumbs evenly over the top of the macaroni and cheese and dust lightly with paprika.
When ready to cook, set the temperature to 350℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.
Bake the macaroni and cheese for 45-60 minutes, or until the mixture is hot and bubbling and the breadcrumbs are golden brown. Turn the pan 180℉ halfway through bake time. Serve hot. Enjoy!
*Cook times will vary depending on set and ambient temperatures.
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