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To prepare cream sauce: Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until soft but not browned, about 5 minutes. Add rice and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes more. Add broth and wine and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer until the rice is very soft and the liquid is greatly reduced, about 25 minutes. Cool slightly.
Transfer the mixture to a blender and puree, in batches if necessary, until smooth. (Alternatively, puree in the pot with an immersion blender.) The consistency should be similar to a pourable sauce; add more broth or water as needed. Season with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper, preferably white pepper.
To prepare mac & cheese: Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat a 6-cup (or similar-size) baking dish with cooking spray.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook 3 to 4 minutes less than the
package directions. Drain and transfer to the prepared baking dish.
Combine 2 1/2 cups of the Cream Sauce and Cheddar (or Gruyère) in a medium saucepan. Stir over medium heat until melted. Season with pepper and hot sauce. Pour the sauce over the pasta and gently stir to combine. Combine breadcrumbs, Parmesan, parsley and 1 tablespoon oil in a small bowl and sprinkle over the casserole.
Bake until the top is golden and the sauce is bubbling, about 30 minutes.