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No-Boil Mac and Cheese

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No-Boil Mac and Cheese
  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 45 min
  • Servings 8
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No-Boil Mac and Cheese

Did you know you can make mac and cheese without boiling noodles? Here's how!

Ingredients

1
pound elbow macaroni
3 1/2
cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
4
tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4
cup flour
4 1/2
cups milk (I use 2%)
1 1/2
cups water
1/4
teaspoon mustard powder
1/4
teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
1/2
teaspoon salt and pepper
1/2
cup shredded havarti cheese
3
tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1
clove garlic minced or grated
1
cup Progresso™ panko crispy bread crumbs or Progresso™ plain bread crumbs
Parsley, chopped (for garnish)

Directions

  • 1 Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray a baking dish with nonstick spray.
  • 2 Add the pasta and about 1 cup of cheddar cheese to the prepared baking dish, set aside.
  • 3 Melt 4 tablespoons butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add flour, whisking constantly, for about 2 minutes. Whisk in milk and 1 1/2 cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook, whisking often, until a very thin, glossy sauce forms, about 10 minutes. Stir in the mustard powder, cayenne pepper (if using), salt and pepper. Remove the sauce from the heat. Stir in the remaining 2 1/2 cups of cheddar cheese until smooth.
  • 4 Pour the sauce over the pasta, stirring to coat. The pasta should be submerged in the sauce. Cover with foil and bake until pasta is almost tender, about 25 minutes.
  • 5 Meanwhile, wipe your same sauce pot clean, then add remaining 4 tablespoons melted butter. Add garlic and breadcrumbs, toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper. If desired you can toast the crumbs over medium heat for 4-5 minutes until fragrant.
  • 6 Remove the pasta from the oven and remove the foil from dish. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup havarti cheese, then the breadcrumb mixture. Bake until pasta is tender, edges are bubbling, and top is golden brown, about 10-20 minutes longer. Let sit 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with parsley if desired.
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I don’t know about you guys, but Mac and Cheese is a necessity in my house.

As prepared by Half Baked Harvest,

Now that it is officially winter, my family’s Mac and cheese cravings are out of control.

I know that some people say nothing can ever beat the boxed stuff, but to be honest, I found a way that's just as easy!

When I heard the concept of not boiling your pasta before baking, I kind of thought it would never workj. But then I tried it and it totally worked. I was amazed, and it’s great because it creates one less dish, one less step and more time for other daily things (like sitting by the warm fire!). Holy heck yes!! Plus, I mean life is busy for most of us – this is the perfect dinner to get back into the swing of things after the holidays!

 

No-Boil Mac and Cheese

Start by gathering your ingredients. Pretty simple. Lots of elbow macaroni and cheese!

 

No-Boil Mac and Cheese

Add the dried macaroni to a greased baking dish (I used a 9x13 inch dish) with a little shredded cheddar cheese.

 

No-Boil Mac and Cheese

Next, you’ll need to melt some butter in a large pot. Then gradually add in the flour to make a roux. Cook for a few minutes and then slowly whisk in the milk. Bring the milk to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer. Then remove from the heat and add in all the cheese!

 

No-Boil Mac and Cheese

Next, pour the sauce over the pasta.

 

No-Boil Mac and Cheese

Mix to combine. The sauce should fully cover all of the pasta.

 

No-Boil Mac and Cheese

Cover the baking dish with foil and bake until the noodles soften, about 25 minutes.

 

No-Boil Mac and Cheese

In the meantime, wipe out the pot you used to make the sauce and add the remaining melted butter, Progresso breadcrumbs and garlic. Toss well to combine. 

If you like, you can toast the crumbs on the stove for 3-4 minutes. I did and it was definitely worth the minor effort. The bread crumbs add a really nice texture.

 

No-Boil Mac and Cheese

Once the pasta is soft, remove from the oven and give the mac and cheese a good stir.

 

No-Boil Mac and Cheese

Sprinkle on the breadcrumbs and bake another 15 to 20 minutes until golden and bubbly!

Top with chopped parsley.

 

No-Boil Mac and Cheese

Sit back and take in the gorgeousness…

 

No-Boil Mac and Cheese

And devour!

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