Easy Stovetop Mac and Cheese

Guess I never got around to posting this one from Becky’s shower. A straightforward take on Mac and Cheese that’s on the lighter side.

8 ounces large elbow macaroni

2 cups 1% low-fat milk 

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Dash of ground red pepper

3 ounces light processed cheese, shredded (such as Velveeta Light; about 3/4 cup)

2.5 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 2/3 cup) 

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Cooking spray 

1/4 cup fresh breadcrumbs

Preheat broiler to high.

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.

While pasta cooks, combine milk, flour, and peppers in a large saucepan, stirring with a whisk. Bring to a boil; cook for 4 minutes or until thick. Remove from heat. Add cheeses and salt; stir until smooth. Add pasta, and stir to coat. Spoon mixture into a 1 1/2-quart glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle breadcrumbs evenly over top; broil 2 minutes or until browned.

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