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Baked Mac and Cheese Recipe

Baked Mac and Cheese Recipe

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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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cynandtom User ID: 2224843 258671
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2016

"A very good Mac and Cheese! I added a little freshly grated nutmeg and cayenne, as I always do when I make Mac and Cheese. I added crumbled bacon (that I had on hand from another recipe) , crushed potato chips, and more cheese to the topping."

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!"

TomMichele User ID: 7214768 56117
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2013

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

Christine-Michigan User ID: 7194834 150155
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."

sirkcaz User ID: 7070235 206419
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"

erinpearce User ID: 5420005 144088
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!!!"

spower123 User ID: 6883130 56114
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2012

"Writing this review as I start to prep the ingredients to make it again. Kiddos love it and so do the grownups. Will be a household staple from here on in :)"

kjtaylor User ID: 1552105 144086
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2012

"My family loves this! And I didn't make any changes to it."

CupcakeML User ID: 6669272 112075
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2012

"This was a hit with my family and friends! I will make it again with no changes."

MisterPhillip User ID: 6705647 64055
Reviewed May. 22, 2012

"This recipe was so overly flavoured by the powdered mustard it was obscene. The Onions were a nasty surprise counterpoint as well. Also, no egg?? Bleh!!"

davinda User ID: 4455659 143680
Reviewed May. 21, 2012

"So good and everyone loved it! Will make again!"

loozerjones User ID: 3330124 150151
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2012

"This was delicious and easy to make! And the leftovers were almost more tasty the next day!"

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 56111
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2011

"This was really good. I made it for a family dinner and everyone liked it. I used Tillamook White Cheddar."

aorla846 User ID: 5399524 59753
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2011

"The best mac & cheese I've ever had!"

Mommados User ID: 5622305 144085
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2011

"My family really enjoyed this. I used a blend of cheddars (white and yellow) and thought it was full of flavor."

TinaMurray User ID: 3623586 122281
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2009

"The family loved it! Added bacon to bump up the flavor...Will make this one again"

Seminoles User ID: 1412865 56110
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2009

"I really liked it. I used sharp cheddar and added just a little salt for more flavor."

arazzio User ID: 3862421 60665
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2009

"this dish was very easy to make. i added garlic and parsley for a little extra flavor i reccomend this recipe"

Johna Hansen User ID: 3023903 64052
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2008

"Has no flavor. I would not recommend this recipe"

RylieMommy User ID: 1863066 143669
Reviewed May. 13, 2008

" It just wasn't what I was looking for.  Something seemed to be missing.  Also, it was impossible to make with two babies at my heels. "

tasty23 User ID: 1459216 118982
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2008

"This recipe sounds good and very close to my own recipe but I use dejion mustard for example"

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