Monday, January 13, 2014

Homemade Mac & Cheese

I'll admit... I'll buy a box of Kraft macaroni and cheese from time to time (it's so cheap) but that neon orange powder kinda weirds me out. This mac & cheese (adapted from this recipe) is so easy though, I might never buy a box again.

  • 8 ounces cooked elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated sharp white cheddar or parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 6 slices of white bread 
  • a pinch of paprika
  • salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Begin by grating the cheese. 

Now take the 6 slices of bread and pulse them in the food processor. Spread the crumbs all over a baking sheet and add a little salt. Bake for about 5 minutes or until crunchy.

Melt 1/4 cup butter in a saucepan and add the flour to make a roux. Add the milk slowly and stir in the cheese until it melts. Let the sauce thicken a little.

Put macaroni in large casserole dish and pour the sauce over it. Stir well.

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add breadcrumbs and brown. Spread over the macaroni and cheese to cover. Sprinkle with a little paprika.

 Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.



  1. This looks fantastic! I always thought making your own bread crumbs was overrated until I tried it. It makes such a difference!

    1. Thanks, Sarah! I completely agree. I like using homemade breadcrumbs in meatballs too. It makes them so moist.