Mac & Cheese
1 pound Trottole pasta or large elbow noodles
4 ounces unsalted butter (1 stick)
½ cup all purpose flour
12 ounces cream cheese-room temp
4 cups milk
3 1/2 cups grated, American cheese
3 1/2 cups grated, Havarti cheese
Salt & pepper
14 ounces Kielbasa, chopped and browned in a skillet. Bacon can be a substitute if desired.
Boil pasta in a pot of salted water until al dente and then drain.
Melt the butter in a large sauce pan over medium heat, whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in the cream cheese and milk, alternating with each addition, until smooth. Once steamy and hot, remove from the heat and stir in 2 cups of the American cheese and 2 cups of the Havarti cheese. Salt & pepper to taste. Add the cheese sauce to the pasta and mix gently. Pour into a buttered baking dish and top with the remaining cheeses.
Bake in the center of oven at 375F until edges are lightly browned and bubbly. About 25-30 minutes. Don't let the top get browned or pasta will become dry. Tent very loosely with aluminum if needed but don't let aluminum touch cheese or it will stick. Remove from the oven and top with the browned Kielbasa.