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  • 1 pounds - pasta, I like small shells, elbow is classic
  • 1/2 - yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons - butter
  • 3 tablespoons - flour
  • 2 cups - whole milk
  • 1 cups - heavy cream
  • 3 1/2 cups - shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoons - salt
  • 1/4 teaspoons - pepper
  • 1 tablespoons - dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoons - paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoons - dried sage
  • 1 cups - cubed ham or chopped fried bacon, more is better
  • Directions:

    Cook the pasta according to directions on package. In large saucepan on medium heat, melt butter and saute onion till soft. Whisk in flour and cook for a minute till it starts to foam. Whisk in milk and cream, and cook until it thickens, stirring frequently. Whisk in 3 c. cheese until melted, then add all seasonings and ham/bacon. Remove sauce from heat and stir in almost all of the pasta. (I like m&c a little saucey, so I use all but a cup of the pasta. If you like it a little drier, use all the pasta.) Put mixture into a 9X9 baking pan or similar size casserole, sprayed with Pam. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup of cheese over the top and loosely cover with foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake 10 more minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving; be careful it'll be hot!

    Brief Description

    This is my version of several recipes, it's extra cheesy and saucy!

    Main Ingredient:

    Cheese, cheese, cheese!

    Category:  Main Dish

    Cuisine:  American

    Prep Time: 30 min
    Cook Time: 40 min


    Use good quality sharp cheddar and grate it yourself--it tastes much better than the grated stuff in a bag. This would also be good with gruyere, or a mixture of any cheese you have.


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    April 29, 2014

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