Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese. Diana Rattray
  • 40 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yield: Serves 6
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This Southern baked macaroni and cheese is a fabulous dish to serve as a side dish or main dish. This is a baked, bread crumb-topped macaroni and cheese is an excellent choice for any meal or occasion.

To brown the bread crumbs a little more, turn the broiler on for a minute or two just before taking the casserole out of the oven. Watch carefully, though, for signs the topping is getting too dark.

I used whole wheat macaroni in this version, but regular macaroni, mini penne pasta, ditalini, or other similar pasta shapes would also work well.

What You'll Need

  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup light cream or half-and-half (or more milk)
  • 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs tossed with 2 tablespoons melted butter

How to Make It

  1. Cook macaroni following package directions. Drain in a colander and rinse with hot water; set aside.
  2. Butter a 2-quart baking dish. Heat oven to 350 F.
  3. In a saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons of butter over medium-low heat. Stir flour into the butter until smooth and bubbly. Stir in the dry mustard, salt, and pepper.
  4. Gradually add milk and cream, stirring constantly. continue to cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Add cheese and continue to cook and stir until melted.
  1. Combine the macaroni and the sauce and turn into the prepared baking dish.
  2. Sprinkle with the buttered bread crumbs and bake for about 25 minutes, or until hot and bubbly and topping is lightly browned.

Serves 6.

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    Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
    Calories 758
    Total Fat 55 g
    Saturated Fat 32 g
    Unsaturated Fat 16 g
    Cholesterol 158 mg
    Sodium 926 mg
    Carbohydrates 38 g
    Dietary Fiber 3 g
    Protein 28 g
    (The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)