baked macaroni and cheese

prep time:  tbd
cook time:  35 minutes
servings:  tbd

1/2 cup butter
5 cups whole milk
2 tablespoons salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons dry mustard
4 cups shredded cheese (cheddar, monterey jack, etc.)
1 pound ziti pasta
bread crumbs
grated paremesan cheese
tomato slices (optional)

1.  preheat oven to 375 degrees.  set a large pot of salted water to boil and cook pasta according to the package directions.  drain and keep warm.

2.  meanwhile, in a large pan over medium heat, melt the butter with the salt, pepper and dry mustard.  add in the flour and stir until it becomes a roux, about 2 - 3 minutes.

3.  heat the milk, but not to boiling, in a saucepan.  ad the roux.  continue to heat over medium heat until it begins to thicken.  remove from heat and quickly add the cheese, stirring until the cheese is melted.

4.  put the ziti in a large casserole dish and pour the cheese mixture over the top.  stir until all of the pasta is coated with the cheese mixture.  place the tomato slices over the pasta mixture.  sprinkle with bread crumbs and parmesan cheese.  bake for 35 minutes.

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