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Baked Macaroni and Cheese

A staple baked Macaroni & Cheese recipe perfect for all occasions.
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 1 hr
Yield: 6 servings


  • 1 box shell pasta or your favorite pasta shape
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoon flour
  • 2 cups milk warmed - I used 2% milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 ½ teaspoon dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes add a little more if you like it spicy, mine was mild with a little kick
  • Panko bread crumbs


  • Preheat the oven to 375℉
  • Cook the pasta for about 7-8 minutes (I prefer al dente), set aside
  • In the same pot, melt the butter, once it is melted, add in the flour to make a roux
  • Slowly stir in the warm milk and add the salt, pepper, mustard, and red pepper flakes
  • Continue stirring until sauce has thickened, a few minutes
  • Take sauce off the heat and stir 1 ¾ cups sharp cheddar until it's just about melted, then add in the pasta and stir to combine
  • In a medium size baking dish, pour in the mac and cheese and top with remaining ¼ sharp cheddar and sprinkle with breadcrumbs
  • Bake for approx. 40 minutes - serve hot!
Author: Haley
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