Cornbread-Topped Apple Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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Courtney Published: May 3, 2021 Modified: June 29, 2021
Cornbread-Topped Apple Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

How To Make Cornbread-Topped Apple Macaroni and Cheese

This unique recipe for macaroni and cheese comes with some tart apples. The creamy dish is topped with crisp cornbread mixture.

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



  • ¼cupbutter
  • 2tbspbutter
  • 1tbspolive oil
  • 1cupyellow onion,diced
  • 2cupscornbread muffin crumbles,store bought
  • 2cupselbow noodles,uncooked
  • ¼cupall purpose flour
  • 1cuphalf and half
  • 1cupwhole milk
  • ½tspsalt
  • ½tspblack pepper
  • ½tspground cinnamon
  • 1lbcheddar cheese
  • cupsgranny smith apples,or other tart apples, diced


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Melt 2 tablespoons butter and heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat.

  2. Add onion and sauté until tender. Add cornbread crumbles, stir to combine, and remove from heat. Set aside.

  3. To prepare macaroni and cheese, begin by bringing a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add noodles and cook according to package directions for al dente.

  4. Drain well and set aside.

  5. In a medium saucepan, melt remaining ¼ cup butter over medium heat.

  6. Add flour and cook about 2 minutes or until rue is golden.

  7. Slowly whisk in half-and-half and milk; stir until mixture has thickened and slightly darkened.

  8. Season with the salt, pepper, and cinnamon.

  9. Slowly add grated sharp Cheddar cheese, a little at a time, and stir until completely melted.

  10. Remove pan from heat.

  11. Mix in reserved noodles and apples.

  12. Stir until well combined.

  13. Pour pasta mixture into a greased 2½ quart casserole dish and top with reserved cornbread mixture.

  14. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until bubbly, and golden on top.

  15. Remove from oven and allow to cool 10 minutes. Serve warm.


  • Calories: 570.47kcal
  • Fat: 37.69g
  • Saturated Fat: 20.25g
  • Trans Fat: 1.02g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 10.45g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.09g
  • Carbohydrates: 37.75g
  • Fiber: 1.46g
  • Sugar: 6.01g
  • Protein: 20.68g
  • Cholesterol: 120.94mg
  • Sodium: 691.09mg
  • Calcium: 575.53mg
  • Potassium: 275.59mg
  • Iron: 1.92mg
  • Vitamin A: 268.00µg
  • Vitamin C: 1.89mg
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