Perfect Macaroni and Cheese Casserole With Bread Crumbs

mac and cheese with breadcrumb topping

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Cook Macaroni: 8 mins
Total: 58 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
899 Calories
66g Fat
43g Carbs
35g Protein
See Full Nutritional Guidelines Hide Full Nutritional Guidelines
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 899
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 66g 84%
Saturated Fat 38g 188%
Cholesterol 188mg 63%
Sodium 1165mg 51%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Protein 35g
Calcium 1001mg 77%
*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.)

Lots of cheddar cheese inside and on top make this a delicious, creamy macaroni and cheese. Serve this casserole as a main dish with a salad or serve it as a side dish.


Steps to Make It

  1. Heat oven to 375 F. Grease a 2-quart baking dish.

  2. Cook macaroni in boiling salted water following package directions. Drain in a colander and rinse with hot water.

  3. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in flour until smooth and bubbly. Continue cooking and stirring for 1 minute.  

  4. Add the salt, pepper, half-and-half or light cream, and milk and cook, stirring constantly, until thickened.

  5. Add mustard and 2 cups of the cheese. Continue cooking, stirring, until cheese is melted.

  6. Combine the sauce mixture with the drained macaroni.

  7. Spoon into the prepared baking dish and top with the remaining 1/2 to 1 cup of shredded cheese.

  8. Scatter the buttered bread crumbs evenly over the cheese layer.

  9. Bake for about 25 minutes, until lightly browned and bubbly.