Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

A combination between the creaminess of stove-top style macaroni and cheese and broiled oven-baked, this timeless dish will be sure to please all. 

Ingredients

cooking spray

1          pound elbow macaroni

            vegetable or olive oil, for holding pasta

4          slices white sandwich bread, cut into ½-inch cubes

1½       sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, divided               

½         cup unbleached, all-purpose flour

6          cups whole milk

4          ounces Cheddar, shredded

4          ounces Gruyère or Comté, shredded

4          ounces fontina, shredded

4          ounces mozzarella, shredded

1½       teaspoons kosher salt

1 to 2   dashes hot sauce, optional 


Nutritional information

Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 508 (49% from fat) • carb. 44g • pro. 20g • fat 27g • sat. fat 16g
• chol. 81g •  sod. 612mg • calc. • 394mg • fiber 2g

Instructions

1. Lightly coat a 13x9-inch baking pan with cooking spray; reserve.

2. Cook macaroni according to manufacturer’s instructions. Drain pasta and rinse under cold water. Toss with oil to prevent sticking.

3. Adjust the rack to position 2. Put the bread cubes and ½ stick of the butter on the baking pan and put it into the oven. Select Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes. Press Speed Convection and then Start to begin baking. Toss the croutons halfway through baking time to evenly brown. Remove and reserve.

4. Put a medium to large stockpot over medium heat and add the remaining stick of butter. Once melted, whisk in the flour and cook until smooth, about 2 minutes. While whisking, slowly pour the milk into the butter/flour mixture. Increase heat to medium-high and continue to cook, whisking constantly. Once mixture comes close to a boil (this may take up to 12 minutes), reduce heat to medium-low to maintain a slight simmer. Simmer, while constantly whisking, until the mixture becomes thick, about 20 minutes.

5. Whisk in the shredded cheeses, a small handful at a time, until sauce
is homogenous. Stir in salt and hot sauce, if using, and then the macaroni. Stir in the prepared croutons.

6. Transfer mixture to the prepared pan. Cover loosely with foil and
place in the oven, with the rack in position 2.

7. Select Dual Cook, first Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes, and then
Broil at 500°F for 4 minutes. Press Speed Convection, then Start,
to begin baking.

8. When the oven switches from Bake to Broil, carefully remove the foil
to brown the macaroni and cheese.