Mac & Cheez-It®

Creamy mac and cheese with a crispy crunch from Cheez-It® crackers, this dish is a cheese-lovers dream and is bound to be a hit among hungry students.

INGREDIENTS
Serves: 100

50 cups cooked whole grain pasta (elbows preferred)
6.25 lbs reduced fat, shredded, American cheese
75 oz Whole Grain Cheez-It®
10 cups skim milk (or dry powder milk reconstituted)
6 cups water
16 tablespoons low fat butter substitute
8 tablespoons black pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cook pasta according to directions. Rinse, drain and set aside.
  2. Grind Cheez-It® crackers in a food processor/blender (or mash) until corse. Reserve 8 cups for topping.
  3. Mix remaining ground Cheez-It® crackers and the rest of the ingredients in a tilt kettle, or large pot. Stir and bring to temperature. Cook until thickened (5-10 minutes).
  4. Add cooked pasta that was set aside to sauce mixture. Stir until well mixed.
  5. Divide mixture evenly into 4 shallow full-pans. Wrap and place in holding oven.
  6. When ready to serve, sprinkle 2 cups each of crushed Cheez-It® crackers over the top of each pan.
  7. Use 6 oz ladle/cup to serve.
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