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Baked Macaroni & Cheese

Traeger Kitchen


Baked Macaroni & Cheese

Prep Time

35

Minutes

Cook Time

1

Hours

Serves

8 - 12

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What's this?

Take some pasta, add a ridiculous amount of cheese, and then wood-fire it for maximum flavor. So simple, yet so brilliant.

Ingredients

  • 5 Quart water

  • 1 Tablespoon salt

  • 2 Pound elbow macaroni

  • 12 Tablespoon butter, divided, plus more for coating the pan

  • 1/2 Cup flour

  • 1 Teaspoon dry mustard

  • 2 Cup milk

  • 2 Pound Velveeta or American cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes

  • To Taste salt

  • To Taste black pepper

  • 1 1/2 Cup grated mild cheddar cheese

  • 2 Cup breadcrumbs

  • As Needed paprika

Steps

  • 1

    Bring 5 quarts of water to a boil in a large stockpot over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of salt.
  • 2

    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.
  • 3

    Drain well, and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  • 4

    Melt 8 tablespoons 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.
  • 5

    Reduce the heat to medium-low and stir in the Velveeta, one-third at a time, until all the cheese is fully incorporated and melted.
  • 6

    Add more milk if the cheese sauce seems too thick. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • 7

    Pour the cheese sauce over the pasta and stir gently with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon.
  • 8

    Butter a roasting pan or casserole dish and pour the macaroni and cheese evenly into the pan. Sprinkle the cheddar cheese on top.
  • 9

    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.
  • 10

    When ready to cook, set the Traeger temperature to 350℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.
  • 11

    Bake the macaroni and cheese for 45-60 minutes, or until the mixture is hot and bubbling and the breadcrumbs are golden brown. Rotate the pan 180° halfway through bake time. Serve hot. Enjoy!