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Pasta - Classic Baked Mac and Cheese Recipe


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     Pasta - Classic Baked Mac and Cheese

Category   Entrees - Maindishes
Sub Category   None
Servings   4 to 6

Kosher salt
8 oz. fusilli or other short pasta
4 T. unsalted butter, plus more for the baking dish
1/4 c. all-purpose flour
2 c. whole milk, heated
1 bay leaf
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
2 1/2 c. shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
1 1/2 c. shredded gruyere cheese

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil; add the pasta and cook until al dente. Reserve 1 c. cooking water, then drain the pasta. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook, whisking, 2 mins., then whisk in the milk. Add the bay leaf, nutmeg and 1 t. salt and simmer, whisking occasionally, until thick, 8 mins. Remove the bay leaf and stir in 2 c. cheddar and the gruyere. Stir in the pasta and the reserved cooking water to make a loose sauce.
Butter a 2-quart baking dish; add the pasta mixture and top with the remaining 1/2 c. cheddar. Bake 15 minutes.

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