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Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Servings: 10 servings
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
Classic baked macaroni and cheese is the ultimate comfort food and is the perfect dish for a cold winter night – or anytime, really.
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For the macaroni:

  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 5 cups whole milk
  • 1-2 teaspoons salt , plus more to taste
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons mustard powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 lb sharp cheddar cheese , shredded (about 6 cups)
  • 1 lb elbow macaroni

For the topping:

  • ¼ cup butter , melted
  • 2 cups panko style bread crumbs
  • ½ cup sharp cheddar cheese , shredded
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese , shredded


  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Butter large casserole dish.
  • Melt butter in large saucepan. Add flour and whisk until it forms a thick paste. Add milk a little at a time while whisking continuously to form a sauce.
  • Add salt, pepper, mustard, paprika and cheddar cheese and whisk until cheese is melted and sauce is smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
  • Bring large pot of salted water to boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente. Drain and add pasta to the cheese sauce, stirring until well coated.
  • Dump pasta and sauce into prepared casserole dish.
  • For the topping, combine melted butter, bread crumbs, cheddar cheese and parmesan cheese in medium bowl until mixed thoroughly. Sprinkle on top of pasta.
  • Bake until topping is golden brown and sauce is bubbly, about 30-35 minutes.


Calories: 635kcal, Carbohydrates: 53g, Protein: 27g, Fat: 35g, Saturated Fat: 21g, Cholesterol: 99mg, Sodium: 873mg, Potassium: 345mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 1149IU, Calcium: 601mg, Iron: 2mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Annalise

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