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Mac & Cheese

by Martha Stewart, Colin Chan

Ingredients

Procedure

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Warm the milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Melt the butter in a high-sided skillet over medium heat.
  4. When the butter starts to bubble, add the flour. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
  5. While whisking, slowly pour in the hot milk a little at a time to keep the mixture smooth. Continue cooking, whisking constantly, until the mixture bubbles and becomes thick (8 to 12 minutes).
  6. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the salt, nutmeg, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and about 3/4 of each grated cheese. Set this sauce aside.
  7. Undercook the ditalini (just 5 or 6 minutes). Transfer to a colander, rinse under cold running water, and drain well.
  8. Stir the ditalini into the cheese sauce.
  9. Pour the mixture into a baking dish.
  10. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top.
  11. Bake until golden brown on top (about 35 minutes).