Baked Mac & Cheese
2 cups elbow macaroni
4 tbsp butter
4 tbsp flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
2 cups milk
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 tbsp oregano
1/2 cup breadcrumbs (we use crushed saltine crackers)
2 tbsp Parmesan cheese
1/2 lb chicken, cooked and cut into tiny bite sized pieces (optional)
Boil noodles as directed until tender. Drain them and set aside for now. Preheat oven to 400 F. Spray 9X9 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Cook up the chicken and set it aside if implementing.
Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Add flour, salt and pepper and whisk until blended. Pour in the milk and stir constantly. Bring to a boil then reduce heat. Add cheddar cheese and stir until melted.
Add the noodles, oregano and chicken and stir until they are mixed well. Transfer the mixture to the baking dish and sprinkle with the breadcrumbs and Parmesan. Bake for 20 minutes or until the top is golden brown.