I have been wanting to make macaroni and cheese and I know that Randy doesn't really care for it unless of course it is make with velveeta. When I went grocery shopping on Saturday morning I decided to buy the cheese and some noodles to make some mac and cheese for myself. Well when Randy had returned home from hunting I told him that our dinner tonight was macaroni and cheese made with orange cheese. I was thinking that maybe that would change Randy's mind and hey what do you know, Randy actually said the mac and cheese tasted really good. Well I guess from now on I will be using the orange cheese. Lol.
Baked Macaroni and Cheese
2 cups rigatoni noodles
4 tablespoons butter
3/4 cups panko bread crumbs
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups milk
2 cups Wisconsin sharp cheddar cheese (orange cheese)
Prepare noodles according to the directions on the package. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 2 quart casserole dish. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter; add bread crumbs and toss to coat. Set aside.
Meanwhile, prepare cheese sauce. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in flour until blended. Gradually stir in milk; cook until mixture thickens slightly and is smooth. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in cheese until melted.
Place drained noodles in casserole. Pour cheese sauce over noodles. Sprinkle reserved crumb mixture over top. Bake 20 minutes or until bubbly and crumbs are golden.