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Comforting Baked Mac and Cheese With an Easy Clean

December  6, 2022
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  • Prep time 30 minutes
  • Cook time 15 minutes
  • serves 6
Author Notes

Take the Finish® 24 Hour Challenge by making this rich, comforting baked mac and cheese without the stress of cleaning it all up!

Finish, the world’s number one recommended dishwashing brand, has created the “Finish 24-Hour Challenge,” a challenge daring mac and cheese lovers to cook and enjoy this classic recipe, skip the rinse, load the dishwasher and run once full, 24 hours later — Finish Quantum removes the 24-hour dried-on stains. If that doesn't work, the meal is on Finish through end of year.

Enjoy! —Emily Smith

What You'll Need
  • 1 pound dry elbow macaroni pasta
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk, at room temperature (2% or whole milk)
  • 2 cups half-and-half, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 12 ounces cubed american cheese, at room temperature
  • 3 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese, divided (at room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  1. Boil salted water and cook noodles until just before al dente, according to package directions. Drain and drizzle a small amount of olive oil to prevent sticking.
  2. While noodles are cooking, make the roux and béchamel sauce in a Dutch oven or large saucepan using the butter, flour, milk, and half-and-half. Whisk in the worcestershire sauce, cheeses, and seasoning.
  3. Stir in the cooked macaroni until all of the noodles are well coated.
  4. Pour noodle and cheese mixture into a 9 x 13-inch (3-quart) baking dish. Sprinkle grated cheese on top.
  5. Bake in a 325°F oven for about 15 minutes, until cheese is melted on top and the inside is hot and bubbly.

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