4cupsshredded cheese of choiceI used sharp cheddar
1cupPanko bread crumbs
½cupgrated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 350° if cooking now. Prepare a 9 by 12 baking dish with a light coat of butter.
Cook and drain 1 pound of pasta. Cook to al denta per the package instruction.
While cooking pasta, in a small bowl, lightly beat one egg. Then melt 4 tablespoons butter over medium heat in a large pan. Add 4 tablespoons flour to the melted butter and whisk continuously until browning some, about 3 minutes.
Add 1 cup of milk and whisk until smooth then add in the remainder 1 ½ cups of milk. Whisk continously until thickened.
Remove ¼ cup of the hot milk mixture and slowly mix into the egg.
Add the egg to the thickened milk mixture while continuing to whisk. Add in 2 teaspoons dry mustard, 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper and ½ teaspoon paprika. Add 3 ½ cups of cheese of choice and mix until smooth.
Mix in cooked pasta and add to baking dish.
Mix topping. In a medium bowl, mix 1 cup Panko bread crumbs with ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese. Add 4 tablespoons melted butter and mix well.
Add ½ cup of cheese of choice to the top of the casserole. Then add the bread crumb Parmesan topping. You can now cover and refrigerate for later or cook now.
Cook until nicely brown and edges bubbling. About 30 minutes.
This uses a 12X9 casserole dish.
Use the pasta you want. Cook to al denta.
Use the cheese you want.
Be sure to temper the egg per instructions.
I always make more topping. I love topping.
After adding the topping, you can cover and refrigerate for a few days and cook later if you wish.
Good refrigerated for 3-4 days and frozen for 3-4 months.
To cut the recipe in half for 4 servings:
Use the serving adjustment in the recipe card. It will change the amount of ingredients but not the wording in the instructions. Cooking time will remain about the same.
The egg is whipped before using so you can estimate half or just use the white of the egg.
The baking dish size will change from 12X9 to 6X9. You can also use a 9 inch round or 8X8 square dish.
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