World's Best Mac and Cheese - Penne pasta combined with a delectable creamy cheese sauce and topped with a crunchy topping. This is the BEST mac and cheese!
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World’s Best Mac and Cheese

Servings 8 servings

Ingredients

  • butter for baking dish
  • 1 box penne pasta
  • Beecher’s Flagship Cheese Sauce recipe below
  • 1/2 c. cheddar cheese grated
  • 1/2 c. Monterey Jack cheese grated
  • 1 c. Corn Flakes cereal smashed
  • 1 tsp. chili powder

Beecher's Flagship Cheese Sauce

  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/3 c. flour
  • 3 c. milk
  • 3 1/2 c. cheddar cheese grated
  • 1/2 c. Monterey Jack cheese grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder

Instructions

  • Measure out all sauce ingredients.
  • To make the sauce: Melt butter over medium heat in a saucepan. Then add flour and whisk constantly for 2 minutes, to cook.
  • Slowly add the milk, whisking constantly. Cook the sauce, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes to thicken.
  • While the sauce is cooking, use butter to grease a 9x13 baking dish. Heat the water for the pasta and cook for 2 minutes less than directions on the box. Rinse in cold water and set aside.
  • After cooking the sauce for 10 minutes, remove from heat and add cheese, salt, chili powder, and garlic powder. Stir until cheese is melted and all ingredients are incorporated.
  • Place pasta in a large bowl and pour sauce right over it. Gently mix till covered.
  • Pour pasta into the buttered baking dish. Sprinkle with chili powder then cover with cheeses and cereal. Bake uncovered at 350° for 20 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.