How to Make Baked Macaroni

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When making baked macaroni, you always want to make sure that you're keeping a few key techniques in mind. Make baked macaroni with help from an experienced culinary professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Victoria Harris from CapMac, and today we are making simple baked mac and cheese. Let's go over the ingredients. In my pot here I have butter melting and that's going to be for our rue. Let's go ahead and add the flour, okay. While that's cooking let's get my heated milk off the stove ready to go. We're going to add our seasonings. We're using cayenne, a little Dijon, always salt and pepper, mix that all together and once that's fully incorporated, we're going to add our milk. Make sure the heat is on medium low at this point and pour in to vigorously mix the rue into the milk, make sure there's no clumps or lumps. At this point I'm going to get out my handy spatula and scrape the corners and the bottom of the pan, make sure that nothing is sticking. Okay turn the heat down. While the flour taste is cooking out of the rue, let's get our egg ready to go, give this a quick whisk, that's all set. Turn this all the way down, let's add our macaroni. It's important to not cook the sauce any more than you have to. You stand the risk of breaking your sauce and having to start all over again. Okay, that's nice and mixed in, turn the key down all the way as low as it can go, let's add our cheese in stages. Okay that's our white sharp cheddar. Let's add our yellow cheddar. Cooking in stages is the best way to build flavor depth profiles in your cooking. Alright, it's nice and mixed in. Let's cut the heat off entirely. We probably want to add our egg as our binder since it's going in the oven. It's going to make sure everything sticks together as it's cooking, nice and cheesy. Let's add a little bit more pepper, our pre-oiled pan. I just want to spoon the mixture in here. It's nice and gooey. Okay, it's a nice even layer. We're going to finish with a little bit of Panko and we're going to put this in a 350 degree oven for about 25 to 35 minutes until the top is nice and brown and the edges are nice and bubbly. Okay it's been about 25 to 35 minutes, let's check on our mac and cheese. Okay, there we go. As you can see the top is nice and brown and the edges are all bubbly and warm. I'm Victoria Harris from CapMac and this is our simple baked mac and cheese.

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