Congratulations to Heather Smith for Winning the 2009 Cookoff

Oh la la French Onion Mac and Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese is probably the number one comfort food, this is just a another take on it combining the flavors of a French Onion soup with the French's French Fried Onions and the Panko bread crumbs like the crouton on the soup. Bon Apetit!

SERVINGS 8
COOK TIME 20 min
PREP TIME 20 min

Ingredients:

3 tbsp FRENCH'S® Dijon Mustard

1.5 cup FRENCH'S® French Fried Onions

1 lb pasta (Penne or any short cut pasta)

2/3 cup butter/canola oil spreadable butter (1/3 for cheese sauce and 1/3 for topping)

1/2 cup all purpose flour

4 cup half and half

16 oz shredded cheese, cheddar/mozzarella blend

1 cup panko bread crumbs

1/2 tsp salt

Directions:

1 lb. pasta (Penne or any short cut pasta) 2/3 cup butter/canola oil spreadable butter (1/3 for cheese sauce and 1/3 for topping) 1/2 cup all purpose flour 3 tTbsp. French’s Dijon mustard 4 cups half and half 1 cup reserved pasta water 1/2 teaspoon salt 16 oz. shredded cheese, cheddar/mozzarella blend 1.5 cups French’s French Fried Onion 1 cup panko bread crumbs Preheat oven to 450 degrees F and butter a 9 by 13-inch glass baking dish. 1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add salt per package directions. Cook pasta according to package directions, minus 2-3 minutes. Save 1 cup of the pasta water before draining the pasta. Place pasta in prepared baking dish; set aside. 2. Put 1/3 cup butter/canola oil spreadable butter into a large pot over medium heat, when melted, whisk in the flour, and stir constantly for about 3-5 minutes; add in the French’s Dijon Mustard and salt. Then add in the half and half. Let come to a simmer until it thickens up slightly; add in the pasta water and simmer 2-3 more minutes. Add in the cheese, a little at a time until all the cheese is mostly melted. 3. Add a 1/2 cup of the French’s French Fried Onions into pasta and mix well and then fold in 3/4 of the cheese sauce to coat. Then pour remaining 1/4 of cheese sauce over pasta. 4. Melt remaining 1/3 cup butter/canola oil blend in a 10” sauté pan and then add bread crumbs and remaining 1 cup of the French’s French Fried Onions (crumbled) to combine; sprinkle mixture on top of the pasta. Bake for about 15 minutes or until bubbling and golden brown. Remove from oven when done and rest for 5 minutes. Serve.

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