Baked Mac & Cheese

As soon as the weather starts to cool, I crave warm comfort foods! Growing up, I loved the mac and cheese they served in the school cafeteria but I always had bad luck making it at home. I found this easy recipe from taste of home and tried it – it was a major success!! It was so creamy and the buttery crumbs on top took it over the top. It’s permanently on the meal rotation now!

Serves: 12

Baked Mac and Cheese

This easy baked mac and cheese makes a hearty home-cooked meal that's perfect for cooler weather!

15 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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  • 4 cups macaroni, cooked according to package directions
  • 3/4 cup butter, divided
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 4 1/2 cups milk
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a saucepan, heat 1/2 cup butter until melted.
  3. 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.
  4. Add macaroni to the sauce and stir until completely combined.
  5. Pour mixture into a greased 9x13" baking pan.
  6. Melt the remaining 1/4 cup butter and mix it with the bread crumbs, then sprinkle it over the macaroni mixture.
  7. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the mixture is heated through.
Cuisine: American | Recipe Type: Main Dish

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