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Baked Mac and Cheese Recipe

This Baked Mac & Cheese has creamy cheesy taste topped off with buttery breadcrumbs. It is true "comfort food."
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked mac & cheese, Mac and Cheese, Macaroni and Cheese
Servings: 12
Calories: 491kcal


  • large pot
  • Saucepan
  • 9x13-inch Baking Pan


  • 16 ounces elbow macaroni
  • ¾ cup butter divided
  • 6 Tablespoons flour
  • cups milk
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • pepper to taste
  • ¾ cup bread crumbs


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cook elbow macaroni according to package directions and set aside.
  • In a saucepan, heat 1/2 cup butter until melted.
  • Slowly whisk in flour until blended, and then slowly add in the milk.
  • Bring mixture to a boil and continue stirring until it starts to thicken.
  • Add in cheese, mustard, salt, and pepper until smooth.
  • Add cooked macaroni to the sauce and stir until completely combined.
  • Pour mixture into a greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan.
  • Melt the remaining 1/4 cup butter and mix it with the bread crumbs, then sprinkle it over the macaroni mixture.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the mixture is heated through.


  • You could add cooked meat to this recipe if you want add extra protein


Calories: 491kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 620mg | Potassium: 264mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 880IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 400mg | Iron: 1mg