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Baked Macaroni and Cheese

This Baked Mac and Cheese is full of a combination of cheeses, layered into a rich and creamy cheese sauce, for ultimate cheesy deliciousness!  It's a family favorite recipe that is perfect for a comforting dinner or as a holiday side dish!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Sides
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16
Calories: 584kcal
Author: Nikki Lee


  • 1 lb large elbow macaroni pasta
  • 1 stick butter
  • 6 cups sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • salt to taste


  • In salted water cook pasta 1 minute under package instructions. Usually about 8 minutes. Drain
  • In a sauce pan melt butter over medium heat, add in 4 cups of cheese, heavy cream and salt & pepper. Stir continuously until melted, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray or butter 9 x 13 baking dish. Pour noodles in baking dish and pour sauce over and stir to combine. 
  • In a bowl mix 2 cups of cheese and panko crumbs to combine. Sprinkle evenly over the macaroni mixture. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes until bubbly and golden on top.


Serving: 11 serving | Calories: 584kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 133mg | Sodium: 687mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g