Scrabble Day: Alphabet Mac'n'Cheese

Alright guys, we have another silly celebration to be had today: Scrabble Day! April 13th the birthday of Scrabble's creator, Alfred Mosher Butts. He invented the classic board game in 1938 and that same game is likely sitting in your closet somewhere, or in someone you know's closet. So, I suggest you bust out the old box and get to playing! But first, don't forget to whip up some tasty four cheese mac 'n' cheese using alphabet pasta! 

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Ingredients:

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  • 1 lb. of alphabet pasta
  • 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups grated colby jack cheese
  • 1 cup grated gouda cheese
  • 1 cup grated asiago cheese
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • fine sea salt, to taste
  • fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 
  • 2 cups homemade croutons (Super easy: take a couple slices of bread that's on it's way out and rip them into 1 inch cubes. Spread out onto a greased cookie sheet, sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper and cook for 10-15 minutes at 400 degrees. You could always use boxed breadcrumbs if you like, I just really love these these homemade pieces!

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook alphabet pasta based on directions, however cut the time a bit so the noodles can finish cooking fully in the oven.
  3. Mix together all of the cheeses, split in half and set aside.
  4. Melt butter in saucepan, whisk in the flour first and then slowly the milk until it's entirely dissolved. Add sea salt, pepper, and 1 teaspoon cayenne.
  5. Slowly whisk in one half of the cheese mixture and melt thoroughly, remove from heat.
  6. Toss cooked pasta with cheese sauce, and place in a greased casserole dish.
  7. Top with remainder of grated cheeses, breadcrumbs, and salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Cook uncovered for 10-15 minutes, until top cheese in melted.
  9. Enjoy!  

XO JESS