Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Artichoke Hearts

I have been making this for years Artichoke hearts are different but so good in it If you dont like them its still an excellent Mac and Cheese without

Cuisine: American

Main Ingredient: Macaroni

Category: Casserole

Difficulty: 1/10

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Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Artichoke Hearts

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4 tablespoonsbutter; Can use olive oil
3 1/2 tablespoonsFlour
1/2 teaspoonPaprika
3 cupsmilk; Can use half and half
1 teaspoonSalt
1 poundelbow macaroni
1/2 stickCream cheese
1 poundextra sharp cheddar cheese; 3/4 grated and 1/4 cubed
1 canartichoke hearts; coarsely chopped
cayenne pepper; to taste
fresh ground pepper; to taste
1 tablespoonworcestershire sauce; or to taste
1/4 cupParmesan cheese
1 cupSeasoned bread crumbs


1Pre-heat oven to 375. Prepare pasta according to directions until al dente. Drain and rinse in a colander and set aside.
2 Meanwhile, melt butter or oil in medium sauce pan. Add the flour and whisk into a roux. If too thick and crumbly add more butter until it turns into a creamy consistency. Stir the roux continuously for 3 minutes. Mix in the paprika, salt and black pepper to taste. Then slowly add the milk or half & half to the roux and continue to whisk. Simmer and stir with whisk for about 3-5 minutes. Add cayenne pepper to taste (remember cayenne gets hotter after it sits), worsteshire sauce (to taste) and the cream cheese. Mix until cream cheese is thoroughly melted.
3 In a large mixing bowl, pour the macaroni, chopped artichokes, all the cheese (grated and cubed), and mix until combined. Pour sauce into the bowl and stir until well combined and evenly mixed. Pour mixture into a greased 13X9 pan.
4 Mix some melted butter or oil (about 1-2 tablespoons) into the bread crumbs. Add the Parmesan cheese and mix. Pour over the top of the casserole.
5 Bake in oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and let sit for at least 10 minutes prior to serving.
6 Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 398 Calories; 13g Fat (29.3% calories from fat); 12g Protein; 58g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 34mg Cholesterol; 844mg Sodium. Exchanges: 3 1/2 Grain(Starch); 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 2 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.
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