Spicy Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients

8 oz elbow macaroni

2 c. shredded cheddar cheese

2 c. milk

1 c. dry bread crumbs

1 8oz package cream cheese

¼ c. butter plus 2 T. butter for topping

3 T. all-purpose flour

2 T. parsley, chopped

2 t. Dijon mustard

½ t. ground black pepper

Salt, to taste

A few dashes hot sauce (if desired)

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked al dente, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain.
  3. Melt 1/4 c. butter in a 3-qt. saucepan over medium heat. Stir flour into melted butter and cook until smooth and bubbling, about 1 minute. Mix milk, cream cheese, jalapeno peppers, Dijon mustard, black pepper, and salt into flour-butter mixture; cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce is thickened, about 5 minutes. Mix macaroni and Cheddar cheese into sauce; pour into a 2-quart casserole dish.
  4. Mix bread crumbs, 2 T. butter, and parsley together in a bowl; spread over macaroni and cheese.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes.

As modified from http://m.allrecipes.com/recipe/241462/home-style-macaroni-and-cheese/?internalSource=search%20result&referringContentType=search%20results (Last accessed July 21, 2015)

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