Old-Fashioned Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients 3-1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni 1/4 cup butter, cubed 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt 3/4 teaspoon ground mustard 1/2 teaspoon pepper Few dashes hot pepper sauce

3-1/2 cups whole milk 5 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided Optional: Crumbled cooked bacon and coarsely ground pepper

Directions Turn the oven on to 350°. Boil the macaroni until almost soft, then drain. Meanwhile, melt butter over medium heat in a Dutch oven.

Until smooth, stir in flour, mustard, salt, pepper, and pepper sauce. Simmer and whisk for one minute or until bubbling. Add 4 cups of cheese, milk, and cooked macaroni and stir.

Move to a 13 x 9-inch baking dish that hasn't been buttered. Cover and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until bubbling.  

Take off the lid and add the final cup of cheese on top. Before serving, allow to stand for five minutes. Garnish with pepper and bacon, if preferred.

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