Cook's Illustrated Classic Macaroni and Cheese
45 mins (prep 40, cooking 5)
10 ingredients
8 servings
I skipped the bread-crumb topping, and this was still to-die- for delicious. Cook's Illustrated says it's critical to cook the pasta until it is tender--just past the al dente stage. For this recipe, overcooking the pasta is better than undercooking because undercooked pasta will release starch into the sauce and make it gritty. Whole, low-fat, and skim milk all work in this recipe (I used evaporated milk and loved it--some was low fat evaporated). You can halve this recipe and broil in an 8-inch square, heatproof baking dish. If desired, serve with celery salt or hot sauce. Recipe courtesy of Entertaining by Cook's Illustrated, February 2011.

Categories:  <-60-mins , side-dish , pasta,-rice-and-grains , main-dish , cheese , pasta , elbow-macaroni , from-scratch , eggs~dairy , time-to-make ,
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Serving Size (149.1 g)
Servings 8
Amount per Serving
Calories 655.08 Calories from Fat 298.08
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 33.12g 407.58%
Saturated Fat 18.01g 720.36%
Trans Fat 0.57g %
Cholesterol 114.17mg 304.44%
Sodium 830.52mg 276.84%
Total Carbohydrate 54.44g 145.17%
Dietary Fiber 0.67 g 21.42%
Sugars 37.18 g %
Protein 35.51g 568.14%
Vitamin A 808.98IU% Vitamin C 4.33mg%
Calcium 1117.83mg% Iron 1.57mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
slices white sandwich bread, elbow macaroni, table salt, unbleached all-purpose flour