Baked Mac and Cheese Recipe

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Glenda
Glenda December 18, 2020
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How To Make Baked Mac and Cheese

This baked mac and cheese recipe is loaded with tender macaroni and coated in a rich and creamy cheese sauce. Serve this up at your next dinner party!

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 35 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Serves:

Ingredients

  • 2tbspbutter
  • 2tbspflour
  • cupswater
  • 4cupsmilk,use whole milk
  • 1lbcorkscrew pasta,like cavatappi or cellentani
  • ¾tspsalt
  • ¼tspgarlic powder
  • ¼tsponion powder
  • ½tspsmoked paprika
  • ¼tspblack pepper
  • 5cupscheddar cheese,shredded, divided use
  • 1cupmozzarella cheese,shredded
  • cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a 3 to 4 quart baking dish with cooking spray.

  2. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the flour, then whisk for 30 seconds until combined.

  3. Pour in the water, then whisk until smooth and just thickened. Add the milk, then whisk until combined.

  4. Stir in the pasta, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika and pepper, then bring the mixture to a simmer.

  5. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is tender.

  6. Turn the heat to low, then stir in 4 cups of cheddar cheese and the mozzarella. Keep stirring until the sauce is smooth.

  7. Spread the pasta mixture into an even layer in the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining cup of cheddar cheese over the top.

  8. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the pasta is bubbling.

  9. Serve warm, and enjoy!

Nutrition

  • Calories: 637.04kcal
  • Fat: 38.06g
  • Saturated Fat: 20.44g
  • Trans Fat: 0.87g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 10.85g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.58g
  • Carbohydrates: 42.31g
  • Fiber: 1.57g
  • Sugar: 6.61g
  • Protein: 30.71g
  • Cholesterol: 106.31mg
  • Sodium: 690.64mg
  • Calcium: 718.15mg
  • Potassium: 307.09mg
  • Iron: 0.83mg
  • Vitamin A: 291.95µg
  • Vitamin C: 0.02mg
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