Macaroni & Cheese Comfort Bake

Monette Peralta


I grew up eating Macaroni & Cheese out of the box. Who knew making it from scratch was so easy. It is true, good ole fashioned comfort food!


★★★★★ 3 votes

6-8 main dish
30 Min
30 Min


  • 8 Tbsp
    butter (1 stick), plus some to coat casserole pan.
  • 6 slice
    white bread (plain, sourdough, etc) torn into little pieces
  • 5 1/2 c
  • 1/2 c
  • 2 tsp
    salt, plus some for water for noodles
  • 1/4 tsp
    freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp
    cayanne pepper (i add a little more)
  • 1/4 tsp
    freshly ground pepper
  • 4 1/2 c
    (approx 18 oz) grated sharp white cheddar
  • 2 c
    grated smoked gouda
  • 1 lb
    macaroni, elbow or shells (any are fine)

How to Make Macaroni & Cheese Comfort Bake


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Put large pan of water on to boil for macaroni. In a ramakin, put all spices. Butter 3 qt casserole pan; set aside. Place bread crumbs in a bowl. In microwave melt 2 tbls butter. Pour melted butter over bread crumbs; toss. Set aside.
  2. Cook macaroni for approx 4-5 minutes. Rinse in cold water to stop cooking. Set aside. Melt 1 stick of butter in large frying pan over medium heat. When butter bubbles, add flour. Cook whisking, 1 minute.
  3. Continue whisking, add milk a little at a time. Continue cooking until bubbly and thick, about 10 minutes or so.
  4. Take pan off heat. Whisk in spices. Gradually add cheese while whisking until well blended. Stir macaroni into cheese sauce until well blended. Pour into prepared casserole pan. Top with bread crumbs. Bake approx. 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for about 10 minutes then serve.

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About Macaroni & Cheese Comfort Bake

Course/Dish: Pasta
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Collection: Bold With Butter

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