Baked Mac and Cheese

Classic baked mac and cheese with a crunchy Parmesan topping. Great comfort food for everyday or that take a dish event.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baked Mac and Cheese, Mac and Cheese
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 546
Author: Dan Mikesell AKA DrDan

Ingredients

  • 1 pound pasta
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 4 cups shredded cheese of choice I used sharp chedder
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

Topping

  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 tablespoons butter

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees if cooking now. Prepare a 9 by 12 baking dish with a light coat of butter.
  • Cook and drain 1 pound of pasta. Cook for minimum time since it will cook more in the oven.
  • While cooking pasta, in a small bowl, lightly beat one egg. Then melt 4 tablespoons butter over medium heat in a large pan. Add 4 tablespoons flour to the melted butter and whisk continuously until browning some, about 3 minutes.
  • Add 1 cup of milk and whisk until smooth then add in the remainder 1 1/2 cups of milk. Whisk continously until thickened.
  • Remove 1/4 cup of the hot milk mixture and slowly mix into the egg.
  • Add the egg to the thickened milk mixture while continuing to whisk. Add in 2 teaspoons dry mustard, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and 1/2 teaspoon paprika. Add 3 1/2 cups of cheese of choice and mix until smooth. Mix in cooked pasta and add to baking dish.
  • Mix topping. In a medium bowl, mix 1 cup Panko bread crumbs with 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese. Add 4 tablespoons melted butter and mix well.
  • Add 1/2 cup of cheese of choice then add the bread crumb Parmesan topping. You can now cover and refrigerate for later or cook now.
  • Cook until nicely brown and edges bubbling. About 30 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 546kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 126mg | Sodium: 916mg | Potassium: 168mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1350IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 580mg | Iron: 0.7mg