SERVES 6 -8
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- 12 ounces pasta shells
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 8 tablespoons flour
- 2 cups milk
- 6-8 ounces grated vermont white cheddar cheese
- 1 ounce grated American cheese (optional)
- 1 egg (optional)
1Boil 2 oz of pasta shells. Slightly undercook the pasta. Set aside.
2Microwave 4 tbs of butter with 8 tbs of flour for two minutes, stirring with a whisk after each minute.
3Then slowly add 2 cups of milk, stirring with the whisk constantly.
4Microwave the entire mixture for several minutes, stirring after each minute, until sauce thickens and takes on a matte finish. How many minutes will depend on the power of your microwave. (Mine took about 6 minutes).
5Add grated Vermont white cheddar to sauce. The sauce should be hot enough that the cheese will melt as you stir. If not, you may add the cheese then microwave a little more.
6For an extra creamy sauce, pour a small amount of the pre-cheese sauce into a separate bowl, add one egg and beat vigorously, then return the reserved sauce to the original sauce.
7Add cheese to taste. I used an entire 8oz block.
8Add a dash of grated American cheese (optional).
9Combine pasta and sauce, then pour into a well-greased baking pan. The pasta will absorb some of the liquid, so don't worry if the mixture seems more liquid-y than the way you would normally serve pasta. I used a 9 by 9 inches pan.
10Bake at 350 degrees covered for about 25 minutes or until bubbling and starting to become golden.