Easy Baked Macaroni and Cheese

This easy baked macaroni and cheese recipe is made with broccoli and mushrooms in a cheesy and creamy sauce. It will take you minutes to make and is delicious.

I use a combination of cheddar and Parmesan cheeses for this recipe but you can definitely use other cheeses like Edam or Guyere. I also used elbow pasta but you can definitely substitute it with any small pasta you want. Seashells are great!

This is what you are going to need for this creamy and delicious easy baked macaroni and cheese recipe:

Serves four
12 oz. elbow macaroni, cooked al dente and drained
5 tablespoons butter
1 bunch broccoli, separated into florets
8 mushrooms,sliced
4 tablespoons flour
4 cups milk
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Salt & Pepper

Preheat the oven at 350 degrees. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a large pan. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms start browning. Add the broccoli and saute for 3 to 4 minutes until broccoli is deep green and still crisp. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from pan and set aside. Wipe pan with a paper towel.

Melt the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter. Add the flour and whisk constantly for 2 minutes until flour is cooked.

Slowly whisk in the milk and whisk constantly until you have a smooth white sauce.

Add the garlic, nutmeg, cayenne and salt & pepper. Whisk until all the ingredients are mixed well and it has no lumps. Simmer the sauce for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the cheese and mix well, until the cheese melts.

Return the cooked vegetables to the sauce.

Add the noodles and mix well.

Place the macaroni and vegetables into a casserole dish. Top with the Parmesan cheese and sprinkle with paprika.

Put casserole into oven and cook for 20 minutes, until Parmesan melts and sauce is bubbly.

Serve and enjoy!

Print the Macaroni Casserole 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!


  • September 4, 2010


    Looks great! I’m always looking for new casseroles for my family, especially with the cooler months coming, thanks.

  • September 4, 2010


    Thank you! I am happy this works for you. Thank you sop much for coming by!
    Mary Ann

  • February 18, 2012


    great recipes

  • February 18, 2012


    Thank you Veronica! I appreciate you stopping by!
    Mary Ann