Classic Macaroni and Cheese

Classic mac and cheese

Ingredients: (4 to 6 servings)
1/2 lb (250 g) elbow macaroni or other small pasta shape
1 lb (500 g) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup (125 ml) milk
3 Tbs (45 ml) butter
2 tsp (10 ml) Dijon mustard
1/2 cup (125 ml) chopped yellow onion
1/3 cup (80 ml) bread crumbs or crushed saltine crackers
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Cook the macaroni according to the package directions. Saute the onions in 30 ml (2 tablespoons) of the butter in a large heavy saucepan over moderate heat until soft but not brown. Add the milk, cheese, mustard, salt and pepper, and stir until the sauce is smooth and the cheese is melted. Mix with cooked macaroni and pour the mixture into a buttered 3-quart (3 L) baking dish. Melt the remaining butter in a small saucepan and mix with the bread crumbs. Sprinkle the bread crumbs on top of the macaroni and cheese and bake in a preheated 375F (190C) oven for 25 to 30 minutes, until it is brown and bubbling. Bon appetit!

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