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Ultimate Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
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Ultimate Macaroni and Cheese

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"This is America's favorite comfort food--tender macaroni, rich and cheesy sauce and a crisp crumb topping."

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Original recipe makes 15 servings Change Servings
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  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins
  • READY IN

    1 hr

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cook macaroni in large saucepan as directed on package for al dente pasta. Rinse under cold water; drain well.
  2. Melt butter in same saucepan on medium heat. Sprinkle with flour and seasonings. Cook and stir 2 minutes or until well blended. Gradually stir in milk until smooth. Stirring constantly, cook 3 minutes or until sauce starts to thicken. Stir in cheese until melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Add macaroni; toss gently to coat. Pour into greased 13x9-inch baking dish. Mix panko and paprika; sprinkle evenly over top.
  3. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown on top. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 06, 2014

This was a great creamy plain old fashioned macaroni and cheese. The first time I made it I used whipping cream and sour cream in place of all the milk. Wow... creamy, comforting and fattening. I did not use garlic powder because even though I love it, it did not sound good in mac and cheese. I had no ground mustard so I left that out, and the amount of pepper sounded way off base so I only used 1/4-1/2 t until it tasted good to me. I also used crushed corn flakes instead of bread crumbs to the top of the casserole and drizzled the whole thing with another 1/2 cup of melted butter. I baked it about 45-50 minutes, because it was not hot and bubbly in the center at 30 minutes. Definitely use a larger pan if you have one. This went right to the top of my largest oblong glass dish.

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 27, 2013

Too much flour! The texture was PASTY!! Otherwise, a good recipe. Next time I will use less flour & really didn't need that much black pepper either. Especially when feeding this to little kids.

 
Jan 13, 2014

made this for x mas dinner it was a hit!

 
Apr 04, 2014

Tastes great! I added habanero cheese to spice it up a bit and it was a great choice!

 
Aug 13, 2014

This mac & cheese was Delicious! Starting with a rue makes for a creamy sauce. I used the suggested 1 & 1/2 cups of panko on top. Next time, I will reduce the amount to 1 cup. I took a pole of my 6 guests as we were eating. Everyone gave this recipe "two thumbs up".

 
Jul 07, 2014

I did a 15 servings tray...it came out good my family wanted it a lil creamier so next time I'll add some heavy cream .. Unless someone recommends something else to do ...other than that it was a hit and easy to make

 
Jun 28, 2014

Excellent flavor. I used brown rice pasta instead of wheat pasta. I sautéed 1 cup of finely diced red onion in the butter before adding the flour. Great for potluck suppers.

 
Jun 03, 2014

Big hit, with the whole family, on thanksgiving!

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 413 kcal
  • 21%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 36.4 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 65 mg
  • 22%
  • Fat
  • 22.2 g
  • 34%
  • Fiber
  • 1.2 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 19.2 g
  • 38%
  • Sodium
  • 550 mg
  • 22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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