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:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/3 cup plus 1/4 cup butter, divided
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 4 cups (16 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup dry bread crumbs

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 689 calories, 37g fat (22g saturated fat), 104mg cholesterol, 834mg sodium, 62g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 3g fiber), 28g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cook macaroni according to package directions for al dente; drain.
  2. In a Dutch oven, heat 1/3 cup butter over medium heat; saute onion until tender. Stir in flour and seasonings until blended; gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir until thickened. Stir in cheese until melted. Stir in macaroni. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish.
  3. In a microwave, melt remaining butter; toss with bread crumbs. Sprinkle over casserole. Bake, uncovered, until heated through, 30-35 minutes. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Baked Mac and Cheese in Quick Cooking May/June 2005, p61

Full-Bodied White Wine

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

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s_pants User ID: 174050 249501
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2016

"This was good, but it seemed like something was missing from the topping (though I did use gluten-free bread crumbs). If I make again, I would use seasoned bread crumbs."

Jacksteven User ID: 2654739 243602
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2016

"I have been looking for a great tasting mac and cheese recipe for a long time. This one surpasses all I have tried. I would definitely make it again. My husband loved it as well."

ChiefBeam7 User ID: 8219779 233478
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2015

"I made this using gluten-free ingredients (noodles, flour, etc.) and it was amazing!!! Definitely a "bake and take" for church functions!! I love it."

Nancyishi User ID: 2853007 230638
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2015

"My husband and I both really loved this recipe! I cut it in half and added Velveeta cheese in as well. Next time I may even add leftover ham in too."

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 230601
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2015

"Made this for a potluck, and I thought it tasted great, except for the onions. I would use about half the amount of onions next time."

jazzminterry User ID: 8130402 56645
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2014

"Made this yesterday for Thanksgiving. The only things I changed were that I added 2 cups of elbow noodles and 1 extra cup of cheese. It turned out AMAZING!! everyone loved it. It will definately be on the list for holiday side dishes from now on :)"

tweetygrl User ID: 7071651 64058
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2014

"It was okay. I didn't like the onions so much, and I think it needed a little more salt for my taste."

MlleKathy User ID: 7975705 137505
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2014

"It's not done baking yet, but I couldn't get enough of the cheese sauce. It has to be the best tasting cheese sauce I've ever made and it's very creamy. I kept eating the left over sauce in the pan before washing it. I changed some parts about this, I always use Dijon Mustard for cheese sauce. And I used Mild Cheddar instead of sharp, I think it allows me to use less salt. All I did was a dash of salt and pepper and it tasted perfect. That was ALOT of cheese! I didn't put all of it in the sauce, and instead sprinkled it on top with the bread crumbs. Also, I thought a whole stick of butter was a lot...So I didn't do the butter and bread crumb thing."

queenmom07 User ID: 7765717 56643
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2014

"Us Adults liked it, the Teenagers said it tasted good but they didnt like the way it left the roof of there mouths feel? We used Tillamook Sharp ... Would make it again f!"

AkaMize User ID: 7295651 144089
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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