7 ounces (2 cups) uncooked elbow macaroni
1/4 cup butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups half & half
1 (8-ounce) package of cream cheese, softened
2 teaspoons country style Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pepper
10 (3/4-ounce) slices of American cheese
1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1.) Heat oven to 400 degrees F
2.) Melt 1/4 cup butter in 3-quart saucepan until sizzling; stir in flour. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 1 minute or until smooth & bubbly. Add half & half, cream cheese, mustard, salt, & pepper. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, 3-4 minutes or until sauce is thickened.
3.) Stir in cooked macaroni & American cheese. Spoon into un-greased 2-quart casserole.
4.) Stir together all crumb topping ingredients in bowl; sprinkle over macaroni & cheese. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 35 minutes