Mac and Cheese
makes a 13x9 pan
4 large slices of homemade, bakery bread (I prefer Italian)
4 tablespoons butter
2 cups dry pasta
1/4 cup flour
2 cups skim milk
1/2 cup half and half
2 and 1/2 cups shredded colby jack cheese
1/2 cup shredded romano cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly mist a 13x9 pan with cooking spray and set aside.
Tear up the bread into bite-sized pieces and spread evenly onto a cookie sheet lined with foil. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in the microwave, then drizzle over the bread. Mix to coat. Bake for 15 minutes, or until bread is hard, dry and lightly browned.
When the bread has cooled, place the pieces into a food processor, and pulse until coarsely ground. Reduce oven temp. to 375 degrees.
In another large-sized saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter, then whisk in the flour until mixture forms a paste. Stir one minute.
Slowly whisk the hot milk into the butter and flour until well combined. Continue stirring until mixture becomes thick and bubbly. Remove from heat, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Now, grab that beautiful cheese!
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