Baked Macaroni and Brie
8 ounces dry pasta
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
1/4 cup heavy cream
7 ounces brie, rind removed (about 6 ounce without rind) and cut into chunks
Salt and freshly-ground pepper
1/2 cup cracker or fresh bread crumbs
3 tablespoons butter, melted
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a medium casserole dish or 4 individual 2-cup dishes and set aside.
Boil pasta to al dente. Drain.
While pasta cooks, melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Sprinkle in flour and cook, stirring continuously for 2 minutes, to form a golden brown roux.
Stir in milk and cream. Bring to a boil, stirring continuously, then reduce heat to low. Add cheese and continue to stir until melted and smooth. Salt and pepper to taste.
Toss in drained pasta; combine very well, making sure the sauce soaks the pasta thoroughly. Pour into buttered dishes.
Stir together bread or cracker crumbs with 3 tablespoons melted butter. Sprinkle evenly over dishes.
Bake for 15 minutes.