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The eggs give this rich macaroni and cheese casserole a fluffy, custard-like consistency. It's a popular version of everyone's favorite dish.
Feel free to add your own touch to the dish. Jalapeno peppers or bacon are excellent options. A combination of cheeses can be used as well. Make it with cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese, or use grated Parmesan cheese for the topping instead of the 1/2 cup of cheddar.
Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Cook macaroni according to package directions in boiling salted water; drain and set aside.
Combine milk, 3 tablespoons melted butter, the flour, salt, pepper, and eggs in a mixing bowl; whisk until smooth and well-blended.
Layer half of cooked macaroni in bottom of a shallow, buttered 2-quart baking dish; sprinkle with 2 cups cheese and top with remaining macaroni.
Pour milk and egg mixture over macaroni.
Toss the breadcrumbs with remaining 2 tablespoons of melted butter; sprinkle the breadcrumbs over the top of macaroni and cheese mixture.
Bake macaroni and cheese for about 45 minutes; sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese and continue baking for about 5 minutes longer, or until it is set.
Use the food processor to turn day-old bread into fine breadcrumbs. Transfer the breadcrumbs to freezer bags and freeze. You'll have fresh breadcrumbs for casseroles, meatloaf, meatballs, and other dishes whenever you need them.