Million Dollar Macaroni and Cheese (carlsbadcravings)

Macaroni and Cheese

1 lb cellentani pasta (can sub rigatoni, penne or macaroni)
4 T butter
1/4 c flour
3 c milk
1 12 oz can evaporated milk
1 T cornstarch
1 T Dijon mustard
1 T chicken bouillon
1 t onion powder
1 t garlic powder
1 t dried parsley
1 t salt
1/2 t pepper
1/4 – 1/2 t red pepper flakes (opt)
4 c freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese
6 – 8 slices provolone cheese (can sub Gouda)
1 c sour cream
1 c freshly grated Parmesan Cheese

Cook pasta just until al dente according to package directions, don’t overcook! Strain and rinse with cold water. Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease a 9 x 13 baking dish. Set aside. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat then whisk in flour. Cook, while stirring for 2 min. Turn heat to low then gradually whisk in milk. Whisk cornstarch into evaporated milk and gradually add to skillet followed by Dijon mustard and all remaining spices/seasonings. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly then reduce heat to medium and simmer, whisking occasionally until thickened (but not overly thick). Remove from heat and whisk in sharp cheese until melted. Add pasta and toss until evenly coated (it will seem like a lot of extra sauce which is a good thing). Pour half of the macaroni and cheese into prepared baking dish. Layer macaroni evenly with provolone cheese followed by an even layer of sour cream. Pour remaining macaroni and cheese over sour cream and spread into an even layer. Sprinkle with 1 c Parmesan cheese (or more to taste). Evenly sprinkle panko topping over macaroni and cheese. Bake 25 – 30 min or until bubbly and inside provolone is melted. If not topping with panko, broil until Parmesan is golden. Cool 10 min to set before serving. Note: Can add ham or bacon if desired.

Panko Topping (opt)

3/4 c panko breadcrumbs
2 T butter
1 T extra virgin olive oil

Panko topping (opt): Melt butter in olive oil over medium heat in a medium skillet. Add panko and stir to coat. Continue cooking until crumbs become golden brown.

 

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