- 1 package (16 ounces) uncooked elbow macaroni
- 4 slices hearty white bread (4 ounces), torn into large pieces
- 6 tablespoons butter, cubed and divided
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1 teaspoon pepper, divided
- 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
- 1 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 cups whole milk
- 2 cups half-and-half cream
- 1 cup (4 ounces) cubed process cheese (Velveeta)
- 1 block (8 ounces) sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 block (8 ounces) Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- Preheat oven to 400°. In a stockpot or Dutch oven, cook pasta according to package directions for al dente; drain and return to pan. Pulse bread, 2 tablespoons butter, Parmesan, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a food processor until coarsely ground.
- Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, melt remaining butter. Add onions and cook until tender, about 3 minutes. Add ground mustard and cayenne; stir until blended. Stir in flour until smooth, about 3 minutes. Slowly whisk in milk and cream; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in Velveeta. Slowly add remaining cheeses a handful at a time, stirring until cheese is melted. Add Worcestershire and remaining salt and pepper. Pour over pasta; toss to coat.
- Transfer to a greased 13x9-in baking dish. Sprinkle bread crumbs over top of casserole. Bake until topping is golden brown and sauce is bubbly, 10-12 minutes. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Best Ever Mac & Cheese in TasteofHome.com 2016
Reviews for Best Ever Mac & Cheese
Please Log In or Join to add a rating and review.
Click stars to rate
Any changes to your rating or review will appear where you originally posted your review
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2016
"I just received the latest issue of TOH, & this recipe caught my eye. I especially love the topping ideas-most in-particular the pork rinds! How fun! This will be on my Thanksgiving table this year."