Monday, June 21, 2010

Italian Mac and Cheese

2 TBSP. butter
2 TBSP. flour
2 1/2 C milk
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
2 C Italian Blend shredded cheese
8 oz. (2 C dry) cooked macaroni noodles (or any other pasta noodles)
1 C Italian breadcrumbs
1 TBSP. olive oil

Melt butter in large saucepan. Add flour, cook and stir 1 minute. Add milk, salt and pepper flakes. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat, simmer 2 minutes or until sauce thickens. Stir in 1 1/2 C cheese until melted. Stir in cooked macaroni, transfer to 8 or 9 inch baking dish.
Toss breadcrumbs with remaining cheese and olive oil. Sprinkle over mac and cheese. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until topping is golden brown.

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