Macaroni and Smoked Cheddar Cheese

Macaroni and Smoked Cheddar Cheese
Diana Rattray
Ratings (28)
  • Total: 50 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 35 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
512 Calories
33g Fat
31g Carbs
22g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This is an easy macaroni and cheese recipe with a flavor twist. Smoked cheddar gives this macaroni and cheese a unique smoky flavor, and a little process American cheese keeps it smooth and creamy. I topped the macaroni and cheese casserole with bread crumbs (pictured)​ but feel free to omit the topping or top it with extra shredded cheddar cheese.

The recipe is easily doubled for 6 to 8 people, depending on whether you serve it as a main dish or side dish. 


  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni (uncooked)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup flour (all-purpose)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (scant; plus more for the pasta water)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) cheddar cheese (smoked, shredded)
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) American process cheese (shredded or cubed)
  • For the topping:
  • 1 cup bread crumbs (soft fresh)
  • 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • Dash of ground sweet paprika

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat oven to 350 F.

  2. Lightly butter a 2 1/2-quart baking dish. 

  3. Cook macaroni in boiling salted water following the package directions. Drain the pasta thoroughly and set aside.

  4. In a large saucepan over medium-low heat, melt butter; add flour and stir until blended. Stir in salt, pepper, and mustard. Gradually stir in the milk and continue cooking, stirring, until mixture is thickened. Stir in cheeses until melted and smooth. Add the macaroni and stir to blend.​

  5. Spoon the macaroni and cheese mixture into the prepared baking dish.

  6. Combine breadcrumbs and melted butter, tossing to coat well; sprinkle over the macaroni mixture. Lightly sprinkle with paprika.

  7. Bake for 25 minutes, or until browned and bubbly.


  • This recipe is easily doubled for a large family or potluck affair.
  • If you have family visiting and wonder what to make, you can't go wrong with macaroni and cheese. A plate of macaroni and cheese will please everyone, from the youngest kids to the oldest adults.

Recipe Variations

  • Omit the breadcrumb topping and top with an extra 1/2 to 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese. Sprinkle with paprika, if desired.
  • Add diced leftover ham or crumbled bacon to the cheese sauce for a hearty main dish casserole.
  • Omit the breadcrumb topping and top with an extra 1/2 to 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese. Sprinkle with paprika, if desired.