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Baked macaroni and cheese recipe

Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course side dishes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 542 kcal

what you'll need

  • 1 lb large elbow macaroni
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 stick
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dry mustard powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 16 oz medium cheddar cheese or sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 8 oz Monterey Jack cheese or mozzarella cheese, shredded, 2 cups
  • 1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs

let's do it

  • Place rack in center of oven then preheat to 375 degrees. Coat a 9" x 13" casserole dish with cooking spray then set aside. Bring large pot of water to a full rolling boil over high heat then stir in macaroni and salt. Bring the water back to a boil then reduce heat and cook until the pasta is just beginning to become tender, but still very firm—about 6 minutes. Drain pasta, place it in a large bowl then set aside.
  • While water is boiling and pasta is cooking, place a large saucepan over medium heat and melt the butter.
  • Next, add flour then whisk to combine. Reduce heat to low then allow flour and butter to cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • While the flour and butter cook, heat milk in microwave until warm, but not boiling. Whisk warm milk into the flour mixture until completely dissolved. Add salt, garlic powder, dry mustard, paprika and pepper then whisk to combine. Bring mixture to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for 2 additional minutes.
  • Stir cheese into the sauce 1 cup at a time, allowing each addition of cheese to melt before adding the next.
  • Once all of the cheese is incorporated and melted, remove sauce from heat then pour it over the macaroni. Stir to combine then transfer the mixture to the prepared casserole dish.
  • Sprinkle the top with breadcrumbs then bake 30–35 minutes until sauce is bubbly and slightly brown around the edges. Serve immediately and enjoy!

One Last Thing

Jazz up this recipe by adding green chiles, bacon crumbles, fresh sliced tomatoes or anything else you dream up!


Calories: 542kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 24gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 18gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 1243mgPotassium: 225mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6g
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