Easy Cheese Pasta Bake

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Best & Easiest Pasta Bake!

Kids adore pasta and this easy cheese pasta bake is delicious, quick and perfect for lunch or dinner!

Easy Cheese Pasta Bake

Easy Cheese Pasta Bake

Ingredients:

2 cups penne pasta

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 cups low-fat milk

Pinch black pepper

Salt to taste for pasta water

Pinch cayenne pepper (optional)

1 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions:

In a pot of boiling, salted water cook the pasta to al dente. When done, drain and set aside.

But, while the pasta is cooking, in a separate pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour and cook gently for about a minute. Whisk in the milk, salt, pepper and cayenne. Bring milk mixture to a simmer, reduce the heat and cook for about 5 minutes until mixture thickens. Stir in two-thirds of the cheese until it has melted (save remaining cheese for the top while baking). Remove saucepan from heat and set aside.

In oven-proof dish, combine the pasta with the cheese sauce. Sprinkle remaining cheese over the top and broil for about 3 minutes, until cheese begins to bubble. Or bake for about 30 minutes, or until the cheese begins to bubble.

Remove from oven and rest for five minutes before serving. This dish goes great with side of veggies or meat of choice.

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