Sunny's Dimepiece Mac and Cheese

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 50 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings
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Ingredients

Macaroni:

Kosher salt

1 pound elbow macaroni

Sauce:

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1/2 cup grated onion (use a rasp or box grater) 

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 

1 teaspoon hot Hungarian paprika 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

6 cups half-and-half, at room temperature 

8 ounces whipped cream cheese 

Dish:

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

4 cups (16 ounces) Italian 5-cheese blend of shredded provolone, mozzarella, Parmesan, Romano and asiago 

2 cups (8 ounces) Mexican 4-cheese blend of shredded Colby, Monterey Jack, Cheddar and manchego 

3 scallions, white and green parts, finely chopped

1 cup fried onions, such as French's, coarsely chopped 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. For the macaroni: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the macaroni to al dente according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  3. For the sauce: In a large saucepot on medium heat, add the butter, onion, Worcestershire sauce, flour, paprika and a few pinches of salt as well as black pepper. Cook for a few minutes while stirring, then add the half-and-half and cream cheese. Cook until the mixture begins to simmer.
  4. For the dish: Butter the sides and bottom of a 13-by-9-inch casserole dish or lasagna pan. Mix both cheese blends together in a large bowl.
  5. Put the scallions and cooked macaroni in a large bowl and toss in 4 cups of the shredded cheese. Pour over the sauce and stir, shake, jiggle and tap the bottom of the bowl lightly to make sure the sauce seeps completely into the nooks and crannies. Pour this mixture into the prepared dish. Toss the fried onions with the remaining 2 cups of cheese and sprinkle over the top. Bake until the top is melted and bubbly, 20 to 25 minutes.

Cook’s Note

Have less time? You don't need to bake this if you don't have time: just serve it after stirring in the scallions, pasta and cheese sauce.

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