Zebra Mac 'N Cheese

This is an awesome homemade Macaroni and Cheese Recipe. The entire family devours it and I make it regularly. I've also made it a few times when I need to take a dinner to a family and it's always a hit.

 I'm sometimes, ok most the time, I'm a little fearful of using Sharp Cheddar Cheese-I don't want too much tang-- BUT don't be with this dish! When I have made this dish without sharp, and the reg mild it just isn't the same. 

Zebra Mac 'N Cheese Ingredients
Serves 10
1-pound elbow pasta, cooked in equal parts chicken stock and water, or all chicken stock
(this is a must!!)

For the sauce:
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup milk
1/2 cup cream cheese
4 cups grated sharp yellow cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper

For the topping:
1 cup grated sharp yellow cheddar cheese
1 cup grated sharp white cheddar cheese

Get Cookin'
1. In a large saucepan, melt the butter. Once melted, add the flour and cook for about 2 minutes (this is called a roux). Slowly whisk in the milk and chicken broth. When the milk begins to steam, whisk in the cream cheese until smooth.
2. Turn off the heat and add the cheddar, stirring until melted and smooth. Pour the sauce over the pasta and stir until thoroughly mixed. Add salt and pepper to taste.
3. Put the macaroni into small, individual fry pans or ramekins. Top each ramekin with the yellow and white grated cheeses, alternating each to create a striped 'zebra' pattern. Place the ramekins under a broiler or in a warm oven until the cheese is just melted. (Don't let it sit too long, or the cheese will run together).
I cook it on 350 for about only 15 minutes, and then put the oven on broil for just a few minutes to brown the top....it's the best part!! Now go make it!

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