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Macaroni and Cheese with a Kick

If you're sick of boring old macaroni, this recipe has just enough power to keep you guessing. Cayenne pepper gives this Macaroni and Cheese with a Kick...well, a kick. Not too hot, not too boring - it's just right.

Serves: 6

  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni, cooked according to directions
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 8 cheddar cheese (extra sharp)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F.
  2. Place butter in microwave-safe container and melt at 50 percent power for 2 minutes.
  3. Blend in flour and salt; cook on high for 30 seconds.
  4. Gradually stir in milk; cook at high for 5 minutes, or until thickened.  Stir every minute.
  5. Add cheese and stir until melted. Stir in pepper.
  6. Stir cheese sauce into cooked pasta. Mix well.
  7. Place in a oven-safe greased casserole.
  8. In a small bowl, take bread crumbs and melted butter and mix thoroughly.
  9. Spread on top of pasta in casserole.
  10. Bake in oven until crumbs are toasted and casserole is bubbly.

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