THE Mac and Cheese

Serves: 10

This is the BEST mac and cheese recipe - and none of that yucky, bad for you processed cheese.

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1 pound cavatappi pasta (or pasta of your choice)
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
4 cups milk
6 cups freshly shredded sharp or white cheddar cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs


1 Boil pasta in salted water according to package directions. Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Sprinkle in flour and whisk and cook 2-3 minutes. Add in salt and pepper. Slowly pour in 4 c. milk whisking until smooth and heating to a low boil until thickened. Do not stop until thick. Remove from heat.

2 Grease a 9x13" baking dish and add the hot pasta to the dish. Over the top sprinkle 6 c. of freshly shredded cheese. Pour the thickened cream sauce over the hot pasta and cheese and let it sit until the cheese melts. Stir everything together.

3 Melt 2 T. butter over medium heat. Add in panko bread crumbs, stirring constantly 3-5 minutes or until golden brown. Pour over the mac and cheese.

4.Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven 12-15 minutes.

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