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Baked Macaroni & Cheese

Traeger Kitchen


Baked Macaroni & Cheese

Prep Time

35 Minutes

Cook Time

1 Hours

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

Ingredients

How many people are you serving?

8

    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.
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    • 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!
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