Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Panko Bread Crumb Topping

We've discussed the beauty of panko before right? Okay! So now that we've established it's AMAZINGNESS....

Make your favorite macaroni and cheese. I use a recipe I adapted from Alton Brown after stealing it from the amazing Amanda Kastner, BUT once I even put panko on good old Kraft Mac N Cheese... I'm telling you... PANKO WORKS MIRACLES!!!! 
Double Batch!
Boil 1 pound of elbow macaroni.  In a separate pan, melt 6 Tbsp butter. Whisk in 6 Tbsp flour and 2 Tbsp dry mustard. Cook for several minutes before adding 6 cups of milk and 1 tsp paprika. Simmer about 10 minutes. Add 3 cups of cheddar cheese. Stir in cooked elbow macaroni. Pour into a 9x13 pan.

Melt a stick of butter. Add 1/2 box of panko. Stir until crumbs and butter are mixed. Cover mac n cheese w/panko. Bake 30 to 40 minutes at 350 degrees.



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