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World's Best Macaroni and Cheese




Crispy Topping


  1. Macaroni: Cook macaroni according to package directions, drain and let cool.
  2. To make sauce: Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté 20 seconds.
  3. Add flour and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, 1 to 2 minutes; do not brown.
  4. Add mustard, bay leaf and thyme and whisk in milk and half-and-half. Bring up to a boil. While whisking, add Worcestershire and hot pepper sauce and simmer slowly about 20 minutes.
  5. Strain through a medium strainer, add the cheeses and mix until smooth.
  6. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  7. Prepare Crispy Topping: In skillet, sauté bread crumbs lightly in melted butter until lightly browned. Add parsley and season with salt and pepper.
  8. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  9. Butter a 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
  10. Mix macaroni with sauce. Place in baking dish and top with crispy topping.
  11. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 30 minutes until golden and bubbly.
  12. Serve immediately.

This can be prepared ahead of time.


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