Mac and Cheese With Breadcrumb Topping

Baked Macaroni and Cheese
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 45 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
853 Calories
59g Fat
43g Carbs
37g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 853
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 59g 76%
Saturated Fat 33g 166%
Cholesterol 164mg 55%
Sodium 1200mg 52%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Protein 37g
Calcium 1077mg 83%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This classic macaroni and cheese recipe gets its bold flavor from sharp cheddar cheese and its umami (the fifth category of taste) from Worcestershire sauce. Buy the cheese in a block and grate it at home for the best result; bags of pre-shredded cheese contain cornstarch, which inhibits smooth melting. The breadcrumb topping adds a toasty crumble, and you can give it even more character by tossing the breadcrumbs with fresh garlic butter. Serve this alongside a simple green salad for an easy weeknight dinner or bring it to a backyard barbecue for a crowd-pleasing side dish.


  • 6 tablespoons butter (divided)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 small onion (grated)
  • 3 cups/12 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni (cooked until not quite done and drained)
  • 3/4 cup soft breadcrumbs
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon garlic (minced)

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Butter a 3-quart casserole dish.

  2. In a saucepan over medium-low heat, melt 4 tablespoons of butter. Stir in flour, dry seasonings, and Worcestershire sauce. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 to 2 minutes. Gradually stir in the milk; continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture becomes thick and smooth. Remove the pan from the heat.

  3. Stir in the grated onion and cheese.

  4. Pour the macaroni into the casserole dish.

  5. Pour the sauce over the macaroni and gently mix to blend.

  6. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in a small heavy saucepan and saute the minced garlic, if desired, in it for one minute. Toss the butter with the breadcrumbs and spread them evenly over the macaroni.

  7. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the mixture bubbles and the crumb topping turns golden brown.