Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni cheese

This homemade macaroni and cheese has a creamy interior and is topped with Panko breadcrumbs to give it a nice crunchy top. It is easy to make and delicious.

Panko bread crumbs are Japanese bread crumbs that are coarser than regular ones. However, if you cannot find them go ahead and use regular bread crumbs for this.

Please make sure you do not overcook your pasta. Cook it al-dente — meaning that it has a slight give to it and is not soggy.

Another recommendation is that you cook the flour in your sauce well. You do not want to taste raw flour. Be patient as you add your milk, slowly, and whisk constantly. Initially you will have some lumps but no worries. They will disappear are you continue adding milk and whisking.

This is a classic comfort food that goes beautifully as a side for BBQ’s or as a vegetarian meal with a small salad.

Here is what you are going to need for the best baked macaroni and cheese recipe:

Serves six
8 oz. cooked large elbow macaroni
12 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
6 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
3 cups milk
1 tablespoon dry mustard
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon paprika
1 cup Panko bread crumbs

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a large pan. Add the flour and whisk for 1 to 2 minutes to cook the flour. Whisk in the milk and cook, whisking constantly, until you have a lump-less, smooth white sauce.
3. Add the mustard and cayenne. Mix well, getting rid of any lumps that may form.
4. Add the cheese and mix well.
5. Add the macaroni and mix well.
6. Place the macaroni and cheese into a buttered casserole dish.
7. In a small skillet, melt the remaining butter and add the Panko crumbs. Fry the crumbs until they start to brown.
8. Sprinkle the Panko crumbs on the macaroni and cheese and place in the oven.
9. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until crumbs are browned and cheese is bubbly. Serve and enjoy!

CALORIES 480.56; FAT 25.74 grs (sat 16.30; mono 7.18; poly 1.18); PROTEIN 17.47 grs ; FIBER 1.80 grs; CARBS 44.33 grs; CHOLESTEROL 72.21 mg; IRON 1.26 mg; SODIUM 271.25 mg; CALCIUM 354.51 mg

Print the Homemade Macaroni and Cheese Recipe Here

My name is Mary Ann Allen and I am here to help you get organized so you can save money on groceries and feed your family healthy, nutritious food. My multi-cultural cooking background comes from being born in the US and raised in Bolivia. I have 5 kids and own around 400 cook books. I absolutely love to cook!

14 Comments

  • February 4, 2010

    Terry S

    Looks like a great recipe — but I won’t be using it, because you don’t have an HTML version of the print recipe which can easily be imported into my recipe program (YummySoup for Mac). Easier and faster to Google for a similar recipe.

  • February 4, 2010

    theFrugalChef

    Thanks for coming by. Sorry you won’t use this. Can’t make everybody happy, try as I may. Have a wonderful day!
    Mary Ann

  • March 4, 2010

    liz

    Hi! This looks amazing, I can’t wait to try it. I’ve also been looking at your other recipes, I have to get your e-book.

  • March 4, 2010

    theFrugalChef

    Thank you so much for coming by! I really appreciate it! I am happy this helps! Take care!
    Mary Ann

  • June 20, 2010

    Salve

    I have got to try this. My boys love macaroni and cheese 🙂

  • June 21, 2010

    theFrugalChef

    Awesome! i hope it comes out great! Thanks for coming by!

  • July 3, 2010

    Shlanda

    God bless you for helping me keep my husband happy im trying keep it coming if you stop i dont know what i will do thanks

  • July 3, 2010

    theFrugalChef

    I am happy that I am of help! Thank you for your support! I really appreciate it!
    Mary Ann

  • September 28, 2010

    Danielle

    I just wanted to say thank you for posting such wonderfuly tasting, simple, and inexpensive recipes! I just love coming here to find something when I am at a loss for dinner plans! Love it!

    Making the Mac N Cheese tonight..with your BBQ Baked Chicken…. My home smells like my grandmothers and my children are happy!

    Danielle

  • September 28, 2010

    theFrugalChef

    Hi Danielle! Thank you so much for your wonderful comment! I am so happy my website is useful to you and happier that you will be eating such good food tonight! I am very grateful for your support! Thank you again!
    Mary Ann

  • November 23, 2010

    keona

    hi im making two boxes of macaroni elbows do i double the ingrediants?

  • November 23, 2010

    theFrugalChef

    Yes. Go ahead and double your ingredients. Happy Thanksgiving!
    Mary Ann

  • October 7, 2011

    Lissi

    THank you for the printable recipe, as a bigginer i would have gotten this burned lol but i am gonna try it this weekend by adding bacon

  • October 7, 2011

    theFrugalChef

    Great! I hope it comes out wonderful! Thank you for giving this a try!
    Mary Ann

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