Best Baked Mac & Cheese

1
Tonna Canfield

By
@thepreacherswife

Some folks like their mac & cheese creamy and saucy and some folks like it thick & rich baked in the oven. This recipe, adapted from Alton Brown,with a few changes, is for the latter group of folks. Thick and flavorful and covered in bread crumbs: this is what my family calls "real" macaroni & cheese!

Rating:

★★★★★ 4 votes

Comments:
Serves:
6 - 8
Prep:
15 Min
Cook:
30 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

Add to Grocery List

1/2 lb
elbow macaroni
3 Tbsp
butter
3 Tbsp
flour
1 Tbsp
powdered mustard
3 c
milk
1/2 c
finely diced onion
1/2 tsp
paprika
1 large
egg
16 oz
sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 tsp
kosher salt
black pepper, to taste

TOPPING:

3 Tbsp
butter
1 c
panko bread crumbs

How to Make Best Baked Mac & Cheese

Step-by-Step

  • 1Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

    In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the pasta to al dente.

    While the pasta is cooking, in a separate pot, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and mustard and keep it moving for about five minutes. Make sure it's free of lumps. Stir in the milk, onion, and paprika. Simmer for ten minutes.

    Add about 2 Tablespoons of the hot mixture to the beaten egg in a small bowl and gradually add the egg mixture back into the hot mixture (this is called tempering the egg). Stir in 8 oz of the cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Fold the macaroni into the mix and pour into a 2-quart casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese.

    Melt the butter in a saute pan and toss the bread crumbs to coat. Top the macaroni with the bread crumbs. Bake for 30 minutes. Delicious!

Printable Recipe Card

About Best Baked Mac & Cheese

Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids
Hashtags: #cheese, #panko, #macaroni




Show 13 Comments & Reviews

Restaurant Favorite Pasta Recipes You Can Make At Home

Restaurant Favorite Pasta Recipes You Can Make at Home

Kitchen Crew

There is an Italian restaurant in my neighborhood that I absolutely love. When it first opened, I became a regular. Maybe too regular... After one meal I realized that I...

20 Slurp-worthy Spaghetti Recipes

20 Slurp-Worthy Spaghetti Recipes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

We give you complete permission to slurp up these yummy spaghetti recipes!

19 Delicious Pasta Recipes

19 Delicious Pasta Recipes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Having guests over and not sure what to make? Try pasta! It's versatile and always a crowd favorite. Try one of these 19 delicious pasta recipes and by the end...