Friday, February 8, 2013

~Baked Mac & Cheese~

Baked Mac & Cheese with Salad
This AM a little after 9 AM the flakes started to float down.  Suddenly, the sky was filled with white powder falling.  Here in the northeast we did heed the precautions.  "Winter Storm Nemo" is in our future.  We've learned from the past two Octobers that Mother Nature rules.  We are "hunkering down".  Our snowblower is ready! 

Today my knitting needles will be clicking and my Janome will be humming.  Dinner will be a potpourri of entrees enjoyed earlier this week.  One is Baked Mac & Cheese!  Once or twice during the winter season I bake this "comfort food".  My ideal method when baking this family fave is to bake it in two 8"x 8" GLAD OVENWARE baking pans.  By doing this, 1 black container can be placed in the freezer... for dinner again on a busy evening or it may travel down the Mass Pike!  :) 

These baking containers are great!  *Follow the usage instructions on the package!*

Two 8"x 8" Pans... Out of the Oven!

Baked Mac & Cheese   click for printable recipe card

Oven:  350°F        Bake:  35 Minutes

1 (16 oz.) Pkg. Elbow Noodles
1 Stick (1/2 Cup) Butter or Margarine
6 Tablespoons Flour
4 Cups Milk
8-10 oz. Monterey Jack or Cheddar Cheese, cut in cubes
2 Tablespoons Dry Bread Crumbs
2-3 Tablespoons Butter/ Margarine

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Spray PAM into Glass Baking Dish ( about 9” x 13”) 
  3. Prepare pasta, cooking 7-8 Minutes.
  4. After draining return pasta to large cooking pot.
  5. While preparing pasta, make sauce.
  6. Melt Butter/Margarine in a 3 qt. pot.
  7. Add & stir in Flour 1 Tablespoon at a time.
  8. Slowly add 1 Cup Milk, stir well.
  9. Then, slowly add remaining milk.
  10. Stir & cook until mixture thickens and comes to a boil.
  11. Add in cheese and stir until cheese melts.
  12. Add this mixture to noodles in pot & stir.
  13. Pour mixture into Baking Pan.
  14. Sprinkle with dry Bread Crumbs, dot top with small slices of Butter/Margarine.
  15. Bake for 35 Minutes.
***If using the GLAD OVENWARE, follow directions on package for usage!

Do you use Glad OVENWARE?  What is your "comfort food"?


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