1cook pasta for six minutes (you want it slightly undercooked). drain and rinse with cold water. set aside.
2shred and combine all cheeses. reserve one cup of cheese for the topping.
3in a large sauce pan, melt butter. add flour and mix well. cook for three minutes; making a nutty smelling rue. add milk, spices and hot sauce. heat to a low boil, stirring continuously. add cheese a little at a time; stirring constantly to ensure all cheese is melted.
4in a large bowl, combine mixture with chilled pasta and mix well.
5transfer to a greased 13×9 baking dish. top with reserved cheese.
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