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January 14, 2013

Baked Mac and Cheese for One

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Ingredients

4 Tbsp uncooked macaroni pasta
1 Tbsp butter

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1 Tbsp flour
1 pinch pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp onion powder
1/2 c milk
1/2 c cheddar cheese, shredded
*OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS
1/8 tsp ground mustard
1 dash(es) hot sauce
1 dash(es) worcestershire sauce
TOPPINGS
1 Tbsp cheddar cheese, shredded
2 tsp bread crumbs (i like panko bread crumbs)
 

Directions

1
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Fill a small saucepan with water, and bring to a boil. Add pasta and let boil about 8 min. or until the pasta is cooked but still firm. Drain & set pasta aside.
2
In the same saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Stir in the flour, salt, pepper, onion powder & milk. Whisk until smooth. Cook for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly until mixture thickens. Reduce heat to low, and add cheese (at this point you can add the ground mustard, worcestershire, and hot sauce if desired), and stir until cheese melts and mixture is smooth. Stir in the pasta.
3
Spoon into greased, oven-proof ramekin, soup crock, or small gratin dish. Sprinkle top with cheddar cheese, or bread crumbs if you wish (I use both!). Place on a small baking sheet (in case it bubbles over), and bake for about 10-15 minutes until the cheese is melted and it is heated through.
4
*Note: There are so many ways you can vary this. You could use sauteed onions instead of the onion powder, or add bacon, etc. Let your imagination run wild! :)

 

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