Better Than Mom’s Mac & Cheese

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Better Than Mom’s Mac & Cheese


  • 1 box (16-ounces) corkscrew or mini penne pasta
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons TABASCO® brand Original Red Sauce
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyère cheese
  • 1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

Breadcrumb Topping


Prepare pasta as directed on label. Drain; set aside.

Meanwhile, melt butter in 3-quart saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour until well blended and smooth. Gradually whisk in milk, salt and TABASCO® Sauce. Cook until thickened and smooth, stirring often. Add cheese to sauce and stir until melted. In large bowl, toss sauce with cooked pasta. Spoon mixture into ungreased 2-quart baking dish.

Preheat over to 375ºF.

Prepare breadcrumb topping: In a small skillet over medium heat, melt butter or margarine. Stir in bread crumbs and TABASCO® Sauce until well blended. Spoon crumb mixture over macaroni and cheese.

Bake 20 minutes until crumbs are toasted and mixture is heated through.

Makes 8 servings.

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  • Name: Moose
    Date: April 23rd, 2012
    Try adding more of both cheeses and then add in fried onions and mushrooms, along with Orig Tabasco to taste. Mmm good stuff.