It was a major hit! A couple people said this was the best Mac and cheese they had ever eaten!
Copied from: That Which Nourishes
35 minutes total time
"THE Mac and Cheese"
1 lb. cavatappi pasta (or pasta of your choice)
½ c. butter*
½ c. flour*
4 c. milk*
6 c. freshly shredded sharp or white Cheddar (I used 2 C Havarti and 4 C sharp cheddar)
1 T. salt
up to 1 T. pepper
2 T. butter
½ c. panko bread crumbs
* next time, I will make more of the sauce recipe! Maybe 3/4 c each and flour and butter with 6 cups of milk!
Boil pasta in salted water according to package directions. Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Sprinkle in flour and whisk and cook 2-3 minutes. Add in salt and pepper. Slowly pour in 4 c. milk whisking until smooth and heating to a low boil until thickened. Do not stop until thick. Remove from heat.
Grease a 9x13" baking dish and add the hot pasta to the dish. Over the top sprinkle 6 c. of freshly shredded cheese. Pour the thickened cream sauce over the hot pasta and cheese and let it sit until the cheese melts. Stir everything together.
Melt 2 T. butter over medium heat. Add in panko bread crumbs, stirring constantly 3-5 minutes or until golden brown. Pour over the mac and cheese.
Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven 12-15 minutes.