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Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe



Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Diana Rattray
This is a classic baked macaroni and cheese recipe, an excellent choice for any meal or occasion. To brown the bread crumbs a little more, turn the broiler on for a minute or two just before taking the casserole out of the oven. Watch carefully, though, for signs the topping is getting too dark.

I used whole wheat macaroni in this version, but regular macaroni, mini penne pasta, ditalini, or other similar pasta shapes would also work well.


Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: Serves 6


  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 pepper, or to taste
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup light cream or half-and-half (or more milk)
  • 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs tossed with 2 tablespoons melted butter


  • Cook macaroni following package directions. Drain in a colander and rinse with hot water; set aside.
  • Butter a 2-quart baking dish. Heat oven to 350°.
  • In a saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons of butter over medium-low heat. Stir flour into the butter until smooth and bubbly. Stir in the dry mustard, salt, and pepper. Gradually add milk and cream, stirring constantly. continue to cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Add cheese and continue to cook and stir until melted.
  • Combine the macaroni and the sauce and turn into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with the buttered bread crumbs and bake for about 25 minutes, or until hot and bubbly and topping is lightly browned.
  • Serves 6.

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