Life is fuckin’ stressful. Eat some cheese.
This makes enough to feed about 4 people or 2 stoners.
- ½ lb. Cavatappi or Macaroni
- ¼ c. butter
- ¼ c. flour
- 2 c. whole milk (or 1 c water and 1 c of cream if you’re nasty)
- 1 c. Monterey Jack, shredded
- 2c. Old or Extra Old Cheddar, shredded
- 1 tsp. salt
- ½ tsp dry mustard
- ½ tsp paprika
- hot sauce to taste
- ¼ cup total grated Parmesan and Pecorino Romano
- 1 pat garlic butter
for the topping:
- 1 T. butter
- ¼ c. panko bread crumbs
1Preheat an oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 8×8 or 9×9 inch cake pan.
2Make a dang Béchamel by heating butter and flour in a pan. Once it bubbles a bit and thickens, whisk in the milk, and continue whisking until thick. Add the salt, paprika, and mustard. Take off the heat. Mix in cheeses and stir until smooth. Add hot sauce.
3Boil the pasta. Strain pasta well.
4In a frying pan or small saucepan, heat butter until beginning to brown. Add panko and mix thoroughly. Remove from heat.
5Assemble: In a giant bowl or a Cambro, mix the pasta, pat of garlic butter and the sauce until well mixed. Dump mixture into pan. Top mixture with the 2 grated cheeses (Parm and Pec.) Top this with the Panko Crumbs. Bake for 20-25 minutes. The internal temp does not need to go above 160 degrees.