Baked Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

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Ingredients 

2 1/2 cups elbow macaroni 

1/4 cup butter 

1/4 cup all-purpose flour 

1/2 tsp salt 

4 cups milk 

1 lb shredded cheddar cheese 

1/4 cup butter, melted 

1 sleeve buttery round crackers, crushed 

Directions 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in the macaroni, and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain well. 
  3. Melt 1/4 cup butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour and salt. Cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Whisk in milk and simmer, stirring frequently, until mixture thickens slightly, about 5 minutes. 
  4. Turn off heat and stir in cheddar cheese until the cheese is melted. Add the macaroni and stir to coat. Pour the mixture into a 9×13-inch baking dish. Mix the 1/4 remaining cup melted butter and crushed crackers together in a bowl; scatter the cracker mixture evenly over the macaroni mixture. 
  5. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown on top, about 45 minutes. 

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