Baked Macaroni & Cheese – Alton Brown



Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the pasta to al dente.

While the pasta is cooking, in a separate pot, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and mustard and keep it moving for about five minutes. Make sure it's free of lumps. Stir in the milk, onion, bay leaf, and paprika. Simmer for ten minutes and remove the bay leaf.

Temper in the egg. Stir in 3/4 of the cheese, shredded. Season with salt and pepper. Fold the macaroni into the mix and pour into a 2-quart casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese, shredded.

Optional topping:
Melt a little butter in a saute pan and toss the bread crumbs to coat. Top the macaroni with the bread crumbs.

Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and rest for five minutes before serving.

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Nutrition Facts
6 Servings Per Recipe
Serving Size 1 Serving
Amount Per Serving
Calories 463
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 97g 32%
Sodium 568mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 8g
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 20g 40%

Potassium 322mg 7%
Vitamin A 17%
Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 40%
Iron 13%
Vitamin D 20%
Vitamin E 4%
Vitamin K 3%
Thiamin 27%
Riboflavin B2 31%
Niacin 14%
Vitamin B6 8%
Folate 1%
Vitamin B12 15%
Panthotenic Acid 9%
Magnesium 12%
Zinc 15%
Selenium 52%
Copper 8%
Manganese 21%
* The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.