3 1/4 cup milk
5 tbsp unsalted butter
3 tbsp flour
macaroni pasta for 4 (I use celentani pasta)
1/2 cup bread crumbs
*one can really use any three cheeses. all cheese is goooood.
make the sauce:
bring a large pot of water to a boil. in a small saucepan over medium heat, warm the milk until small bubbles begin to form around the edges of the pan. remove from heat. in a large saucepan over low heat, melt the butter. add the flour a little at a time, whisking to incorporate. raise the heat to medium-low and very gradually whisk in the hot milk. cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture is thick and creamy, about 15 minutes. add the grated/chopped cheese. cook stirring frequently, until the cheeses are melted, about 2 minutes.
cook the pasta:
meanwhile add salt to the boiling water. cook, stirring occasionally--- undercook pasta by 2 minutes (all pasta has 'how many minutes it takes to cook' on the package). strain pasta. combine sauce and pasta. salt to taste.
preheat oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit. pour into a buttered baking dish. sprinkle with 1/2 cup bread crumbs and bake until golden brown, 10-12 minutes.
*courtesy of williams-sonoma "food made fast: pasta"