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Mac 'n' Cheese for a Bunch

 Mac 'n' Cheese for a Bunch
You'll satisfy many taste buds with this rich and comforting dish from Dixie Terry from Goreville, Illinois. Tender macaroni is covered in a creamy, homemade cheese sauce, and then topped with golden bread crumbs. A true crowd pleaser!
36 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min.

Ingredients

  • 3 packages (two 16 ounces, one 7 ounces) elbow macaroni
  • 1-1/4 cups butter, divided
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 quarts milk
  • 3 pounds sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1-1/2 cups dry bread crumbs

Directions

  • Cook macaroni according to package directions until almost tender.
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°. In a large stock pot, melt 1 cup
  • butter. Stir in flour and salt until smooth. Gradually stir in milk.
  • Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce
  • heat. Add cheese, stirring until melted. Drain macaroni; stir into
  • sauce.
  • Transfer to three greased 13x9-in. baking dishes. Melt remaining
  • butter; toss with bread crumbs. Sprinkle over casseroles.
  • Bake, uncovered, 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Yield: 36
  • servings (1 cup each).
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 395 calories, 23 g fat (14 g saturated fat), 68 mg cholesterol, 510 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 17 g protein.

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Mac 'n' Cheese for a Bunch (continued)

Wine: Full-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.