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Best Macaroni and Cheese


Best Macaroni and Cheese

Extra-Creamy Macaroni and Cheese ---- Large Photo of Macaroni and Cheese

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American cheese and Cheddar, along with a little cream make this a super creamy macaroni and cheese, and buttery bread crumbs top it all off in a great way.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: Serves 6 to 8


  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni, about 2 cups
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cups light cream or half-and-half
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard, or use a prepared Dijon mustard
  • 3 cups shredded cheese, about two-thirds Cheddar and one-third American, divided (or a similar blend)
  • 1 cup soft breadcrumbs* tossed with 2 tablespoons melted butter


Grease a 2-quart baking dish. Heat oven to 350°.

Cook the macaroni following package directions; drain in a colander and rinse with hot water.

In a medium saucepan melt the 4 tablespoons of butter over medium heat until hot and foamy; stir in the flour until bubbly. Add the milk and cream, along with the salt, pepper, and mustard. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Stir in 2 cups of the cheese blend until melted. Add the drained macaroni and blend well. Pour into the prepared baking dish. Top with the remaining 1 cup of cheese and the buttery bread crumbs.

Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, until bubbly and nicely browned.

*Make bread crumbs in the food processor using day-old bread or rolls.

Serves 6.

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