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Italian Macaroni and Cheese

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“I never thought to add crushed tomatoes into macaroni, but it's delicious. The original recipe called for ham, but I made it with chicken and I want to try sweet or hot Italian sausage next! Bon Appetit!”
READY IN:
35mins
SERVES:
4
UNITS:
US

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Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F; grease a casserole.
  2. Heat a saucepan on medium-high and fill it with water. When boiling add the macaroni and cook 5-7 minutes. Stir taste for doneness. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a saucepan heat butter until foamy on medium-high heat. Add the flour and whisk until it's golden. Slowly pour in the milk and whisk until slightly thickened. Reduce temperature to a simmer as you whisk.
  4. Stir in all but 1/4cup of the cheese and remove the pan from the heat. The sauce will be sort of loose.
  5. Fold in the noodles and chicken. add the tomatoes and a bit of the juice. Taste and adjust seasonings by adding salt, pepper, and some paprika. Stir well then transfer to the casserole.
  6. If the mixture seems thick and gluey add more tomato juice. top with 1/4 cup cheese and the breadcrumbs. bake for 25 minutes until bubbly and brown.

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