Classic Baked Macaroni & Cheese

Classic Baked Macaroni & Cheese
Classic Baked Macaroni & Cheese
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Yield: 15 servings
Recipe courtesy of Mary Deluca, Finalist in the 2015 Black Creek® “Everything's Better with Cheddar” recipe contest
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook time: 45 minutes American - Traditional Pasta Side Dishes
  • 1 pkg. (16 oz.) elbow macaroni
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons ground mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 cups milk
  • 6 cups sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 1/2 c. panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp. paprika

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cook macaroni in large saucepan as directed on package. Once finished, rinse macaroni under cold water and drain well. Set aside. Melt butter in same saucepan on medium heat. Sprinkle in flour, mustard, pepper and garlic powder. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until well blended. Gradually stir in milk until smooth and continue stirring constantly, cooking sauce for 3 minutes until thick. Add cheese and stir until melted and smooth. Remove pan from heat and add macaroni, tossing gently to coat. Pour into greased 13x9 inch baking dish. In a small dish, mix panko and paprika then sprinkle evenly over top of macaroni. Bake 25-30 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown on top. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.