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Baked Mac and Cheese Recipe
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Baked Mac and Cheese Recipe

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"Even people who have had their own macaroni and cheese recipe for years ask for mine when they taste this crumb-topped version," writes Schelby Thompson of Dover, Delaware. Tip: "Make it with extra-sharp white cheddar cheese for more flavor," Schelby recommends.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup butter, divided
  • 6 tablespoons King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 4-1/2 cups milk
  • 4 cups (16 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup dry bread crumbs

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 638 calories, 39 g fat (26 g saturated fat), 125 mg cholesterol, 1,113 mg sodium, 49 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 24 g protein.

Directions

  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, saute the onion in 1/2 cup butter. Add the flour; whisk until blended. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened. Stir in the cheese, mustard, salt and pepper until smooth.
  2. Drain macaroni and add to sauce; stir until coated. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Melt the remaining butter; toss with bread crumbs. Sprinkle over macaroni mixture. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Baked Mac and Cheese in Quick Cooking May/June 2005, p61

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 638 calories, 39 g fat (26 g saturated fat), 125 mg cholesterol, 1,113 mg sodium, 49 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 24 g protein.

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

Reviews for Baked Mac and Cheese(20)

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Reviewed Jun. 8, 2013

This recipe is great! The only change I made was that I used yellow mustard instead of brown (I didn't have any brown). It was SO good. The only thing, you may want to half this. This makes A LOT! But great recipe!

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Reviewed Apr. 5, 2013

This is an awesome recipe. I used a horseradish mustard and added fresh garlic for a little extra flavor!!!

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Reviewed Mar. 23, 2013

I had an extra half a box of elbow macaroni in the pantry & tossed it in. And I boiled my macaroni the night before, rinsed it in cold water then put in fridge. The next day when I made the cheese sauce I slowly added in the prepared in advance macaroni and saved time. I served it to my book club and everyone loved it. Thank you for my next go-to recipe and making me a star. Didn't really change anything in the sauce.

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Reviewed Jan. 5, 2013

Made this recipe today and it was quite easy, hardly and dishes used, YEAAHH!!, but i found the mixture to be a little to thick, and when mixed it turned out goopy, it was my first time, so hope it comes out a little better next time!!, oh and is taste delicous!!....RECOMMENDED

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Reviewed Oct. 23, 2012

I've tried a few baked mac and cheese recipes and this is now my go-to recipe! It's delicious! I made it with the sharp white cheddar as reccommended and did add a couple dashes of paprika and hot sauce to give it a bit more flavor, but other than that stuck to the recipe and it was great! Makes a full 13x9 pan, and is very affordable compared to recipes with tons of expensive cheeses!!!

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