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Baked Mac and Cheese

Baked Mac and Cheese

  • Author: Deborah Harroun
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 50 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


A classic for a reason! This Baked Mac and Cheese is a recipe that needs to be in everyone’s recipe box. It’s cheesy and delicious and topped with the perfect breadcrumb topping.



  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 2 cups milk (I usually use 2%)
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 8 oz Gruyere, grated
  • 16 oz Sharp Cheddar, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt generously. Cook the pasta until it is al dente, about 7-10 minutes.
  2. While the noodles are cooking, preheat the oven to 375ºF. Spray a 9×13-inch casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Heat the half and half and milk in a pot over medium heat. Don’t boil it, you just want it warmed through.
  4. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add in the flour and whisk to combine. Cook, whisking constantly, for about 2 minutes, until the flour has started to brown.
  5. As you continue to whisk, slowly add in the warmed milk mixture. Cook, whisking, for another minute or two, until it is thickened and smooth.
  6. Remove the skillet from the heat.
  7. Start adding in the cheese, one handful at a time, whisking the cheese in until combined.
  8. Add the salt, pepper and nutmeg and whisk until smooth.
  9. When the pasta is finished cooking, drain and return it to the pot.
  10. Pour the cheese sauce over the pasta and stir to combine. Pour into the prepared baking dish.
  11. In a bowl, combine the Panko, Parmesan and parsley. Sprinkle over the top of the mac and cheese.
  12. Bake in the preheated oven until the cheese is bubbly and the topping is browned, about 30-35 minutes.
  13. Let the mac and cheese sit for about 10 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes:

adapted from Ina Garten

Nutrition information provided as an estimate only. Various brands and products can change the counts. Any nutritional information should only be used as a general guideline.


  • Serving Size: 1/8 of recipe
  • Calories: 798
  • Sugar: 7 g
  • Sodium: 697 mg
  • Fat: 46 g
  • Saturated Fat: 28 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 8 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 60 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 36 g
  • Cholesterol: 145 mg

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