Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Use a sharp cheddar for this classic American side dish.
1⁄2 lb. medium elbow macaroni
4 tbsp. butter
3⁄4 cup milk
3⁄4 cup cream
Salt and freshly ground white pepper
Pinch of cayenne
2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
1⁄2 cup bread crumbs
1. Preheat oven to 350į. Cook macaroni in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender, about 6 minutes. Drain, toss with 2 tbsp. of the butter in a medium bowl, and place in a baking dish.
2. Heat milk and cream in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Season with salt, pepper, and cayenne. Stir in grated cheese. When cheese melts, pour sauce over macaroni and mix well. Sprinkle with bread crumbs and dot with remaining 2 tbsp. butter. Bake till golden brown and bubbly, 30–35 minutes.