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NIF S CAJUN MACARONI AND CHEESE

yummy mac and cheese with a bit of a kick! a delicious and creamy side dish to compliment other spicy cajun dishes. enjoy!

Time: 60 minutes

Number Of Ingredients: 14

Ingredients: chicken bouillon,macaroni,butter,all-purpose flour,1% low-fat milk,half-and-half,monterey jack cheese,cheddar cheese,cajun seasoning,dried parsley,salt & fresh ground pepper,panko breadcrumbs,sharp cheddar cheese,fresh ground black pepper

Steps:

  1. preheat oven to 375°
  2. f spray or butter a 9 x 13" baking dish
  3. to make macaroni: add bouillon to large pot of water and bring to boil
  4. once water is boiling , add macaroni and cook until al dente , usually about 4-5 minutes
  5. drain macaroni in colander
  6. to make sauce: while the water is heating and pasta is cooking , melt butter in a large saucepan , over medium heat
  7. once melted , whisk in flour and cook for about 1 minute , until the flour starts to brown a bit
  8. while whisking constantly , add milk and then cream in a steady stream', "allow the sauce to come to a simmer but keep whisking so it doesn't burn !", 'once the sauce comes to a simmer , stir in the 2 cups jack cheese and 2 cups cheddar , adding about a cup at a time
  9. stir constantly making sure each addition of cheese is melted before adding the next
  10. add 2 tsps cajun seasoning , dried parsley , salt and pepper to taste and remove from heat
  11. add the cooked , drained pasta to cheese sauce
  12. stir until macaroni is fully coated
  13. pour the cheesy mixture into the prepared casserole dish
  14. prepare the topping: in a small bowl , mix the melted butter with the panko bread crumbs , 1 / 2 tsp cajun seasoning and black pepper , mixing with a fork until bread crumbs are evenly coated
  15. sprinkle the macaroni and cheese with the remaining 2 cups shredded cheeses
  16. sprinkle the bread crumb mixture on top of the cheese
  17. bake until browned and bubbly , about 25 to 30 minutes
  18. allow to sit for a few minutes before serving
  19. hot stuff !
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