Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Side Dishes
  • HomemadeMacaroniCheese-Nov2012Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups 1-percent milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Cracked black pepper
  • 1 pound small penne pasta or macaroni, cooked, drained and kept warm
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 cups shredded Parmesan cheese

Cook pasta per directions on the pasta box. In large Dutch oven, add butter and heat over medium-high heat until it melts. Whisk in flour, whisking until smooth. Whisk in milk, and cook until mixture is thickened and smooth, whisking constantly. Add ground red pepper. Stir in cream cheese and let melt. Season with salt and pepper. Add 2 cups cheddar and 2 cups Parmesan cheese. Once cheese is melted, remove from heat and stir in cooked pasta. Spoon pasta mixture into a 9-by-13-inch pan sprayed with cooking spray (or greased with a little butter). Top with remaining 1 cup cheddar and 1 cup Parmesan cheese. Broil until cheese is lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.