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Baked Macaroni Western Style

Ingredients

  • 2 cups macaroni, uncooked
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons light cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons diced green chile
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook the macaroni according to package directions; drain well.
  2. Meanwhile, warm the milk and cream in a small saucepan over medium heat, or in a glass measuring cup in a microwave oven for about 2 minutes. Do not boil.
  3. In another saucepan, melt the butter and add flour, stirring until a paste forms. Pour the warmed milk into the butter mixture and cook, stirring constantly, until thick and creamy. Add cheese a little at a time, stirring until melted. Stir in tomatoes, chile and seasonings.
  4. Combine the hot macaroni and the sauce, blending well. Pour into a buttered, 2-quart casserole dish.
  5. Bake uncovered at 400 degrees F for 35 to 40 minutes, or until top is nicely browned.