Baked Mac and Cheese Recipe

After doing some searching I have finally found what I consider to be the best baked macaroni and cheese recipe out there. I have tried others that were good but were also extremely expensive. This recipe is very simple and only uses 1 type of cheese, which is cheddar. The process for making this is very easy. The noodles are first boiled in a pot, and while the noodles are boiling a cheese sauce is prepared in the pan. The cheese sauce is basically a combination of cheddar cheese, milk, and cream. The noodles and sauce are mixed, placed into a baking dish and topped with buttered breadcrumbs. If you are searching for an excellent mac and cheese recipe, give this one a try!

1 (8 ounce) package elbow macaroni
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
1 cup cream
½ teaspoon salt
ground black pepper (to taste)
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
½ cup breadcrumbs (buttered)

Cooking Instructions:

Step 1: Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. Cook macaroni noodles according to package directions and drain. Set aside.
Step 2: Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add flour, salt, and pepper. Use a whisk to stir until well blended. Pour in the milk and cream stirring constantly. Bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes while stirring. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes while stirring. Add cheddar, a little at a time and stir in until cheese melts. Remove from heat.
Step 3: Add macaroni noodles to the saucepan and toss to coat with the cheese sauce. Transfer macaroni to a buttered baking dish. Sprinkle buttered breadcrumbs over the top of the macaroni. Place into the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
(Makes 4 Servings)


9 Responses to “Baked Mac and Cheese Recipe”

  1. Rob @ How to Cook Hero — September 10, 2011 @ 12:13 am

    Fantastic touch with the breadcrumbs. I have a very similar recipe posted, but frankly, your pictures are more appealing.

  2. Naina @ chow bella — September 14, 2011 @ 3:06 pm

    The pictures look great – I’ve been looking for the “perfect” mac and cheese for a while, definitely going to try this one!

  3. kjH — October 1, 2011 @ 1:25 am

    I will try this today!

  4. Corinne — October 30, 2011 @ 4:35 pm

    Best mac n’ cheese I have tried yet! Have already made it twice!

  5. Suzanne — December 26, 2011 @ 6:56 pm

    AMAZING!!! We tried ours yesterday, we used extra sharp cheddar instead- we weren’t sure how it would turn out, but it was delicious! I also made a small batch where I added bacon to the mixture, and crumbled french fried onions over the top, my husband loves that twist! Thanks for the recipe!!

  6. Megan — May 29, 2012 @ 9:49 am

    LOVEthis recipe bobby! I’ve made it twice and it comes out so cheesey/ creamy and perfect the way Mac and cheese should be :). Only thing I recommend reg cheddar or sharp bc last time I only had mild and the cheese flavor wasn’t as strong. I guess it a preference to but it for us I got te est reviews with reg cheddar :). Thanks so much bobby!

  7. MONIKA — September 9, 2013 @ 4:59 am


  8. Bobby — September 9, 2013 @ 8:08 pm

    MONIKA – Yes, heavy cream.

  9. Trisha — November 9, 2013 @ 6:23 pm

    I will be making your Mac and cheese dish for Thanksgiving. Thank you.

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