Baked Macaroni and Cheese

1 pkg (8 oz) elbow macaroni
2 c grated sharp cheddar cheese (½ lb)
¼ c butter or margarine
¼ c unsifted all purpose flour
2 c milk
1 t salt
⅛ t pepper

Preheat oven to 375°. Cook macaroni as package label directs; drain. In 1½-qt shallow baking dish, alternate macaroni (in 2 layers) with 1½ c cheese (in 2 layers); set aside. Meanwhile, prepare sauce: Melt butter in medium saucepan; remove from heat. Blend in flour; gradually stir in milk, then seasonings. Bring to boiling, stirring; boil 1 minute. Pour sauce over macaroni and cheese in casserole. Top with remaining cheese. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until cheese is melted and browned.

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