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A plate of baked mac and cheese with toasted breadcrumbs.
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Baked Mac and Cheese

The basis of this dish is a classic white sauce, with lots and lots of cheese added. The end result is a rich cheesy pasta dish that's hard to resist. 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12 Servings
Calories 461kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Pasta 454g
  • 3 cups milk 720mL
  • 1 cup cream 240mL
  • 1/2 cup flour 60g
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 113g
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1g
  • 3/4 tbsp salt 4g, plus 1 tsp for salting the pasta water
  • 3/4 tsp black pepper 4g, freshly ground
  • 10 oz gruyer cheese 283g, freshly grated
  • 10 oz sharp cheddar 283g, freshly grated
  • 1/3 cup parmesan 35g
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs 60g

Instructions

  • Add pasta to a pot of boiling salted water. Cook according to instructions and drain when al dente. The pasta should be ready just before your sauce.
  • While the pasta is cooking, heat the milk and cream in a pot making sure not to allow it to come to a boil.
  • Melt 7 tablespoons of unsalted butter in a large pot. Add the flour and whisk while it cooks on low heat for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add the hot milk and cream in while whisking and cook until thickened, 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and mix in the cheeses, salt, nutmeg, paprika, and pepper.
  • Melt one or two tablespoons of butter in a pan and mix with the breadcrumbs. Cook over medium heat while stirring until the breadcrumbs are a light golden color. Season with salt and pepper to taste then mix in about three tablespoons of shredded parmesan.
  • Add the cooked pasta and mix well. Transfer to a baking dish or ramekins and top with the some more cheddar and parmesan and the toasted breadcrumb mixture.
  • Bake at 375 for about 35 minutes.

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Notes

  • Use the cheeses you love!!! And it you can't find one of my cheeses sub out for something similar you want a combination of a melty cheese like Swiss, gouda, or mozzarella and a flavorful cheese like cheddar, jack,, etc.
  • Toasting breadcrumbs in butter is magic, try not to skip this step as it adds lots of crunch and flavor!
  • You can make this a bit ahead of time then bake before serving.
  • Do not overcook your pasta, it should be al dente and had a bit of bite to it. The pasta will absorb the sauce and finish cooking in the oven.
  • This makes excellent leftovers, heat portions in the microwave reheat the leftovers in an oven; 300F until warmed through.
  • Use the cheeses you love!!! And it you can't find one of my cheeses sub out for something similar you want a combination of a melty cheese like Swiss, gouda, or mozzarella and a flavorful cheese like cheddar, jack,, etc.
  • Toasting breadcrumbs in butter is magic, try not to skip this step as it adds lots of crunch and flavor!
  • You can make this a bit ahead of time then bake before serving.
  • Do not overcook your pasta, it should be al dente and had a bit of bite to it. The pasta will absorb the sauce and finish cooking in the oven.
  • This makes excellent leftovers, heat portions in the microwave reheat the leftovers in an oven; 300F until warmed through.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 461kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6.3g | Trans Fat: 0.6g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 426mg | Potassium: 181mg | Fiber: 2.2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 850IU | Calcium: 310mg | Iron: 1.8mg