Macaroni and Cheese with Buttery Crumbs Recipe

Macaroni and Cheese with Buttery Crumbs Recipe

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How To Make Macaroni and Cheese with Buttery Crumbs

Perfectly cheesy, this macaroni and cheese dish offers a new twist with the flavors from Cheddar and Colby cheeses, and a sprinkle of tasty buttery crumbs.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 50 minutes
Rest Time: 15 minutes
Total: 1 hour 20 minutes



  • 5tbspunsalted butter
  • 3tbspall-purpose flour
  • cupshalf and half,or whole milk
  • 1lbsharp cheddar cheese
  • ½lbcolby cheese
  • 1tbspdijon mustard
  • pinchnutmeg,freshly grated
  • pinchcayenne pepper
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1lbelbow macaroni
  • ¾cupdry bread crumbs,plain


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Generously butter a shallow 2-quart baking dish.

  3. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a large saucepan.

  4. Add the flour and cook over moderate heat for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

  5. Add the half-and-half and cook over moderate heat, whisking constantly for about 3 minutes until thickened.

  6. Add ½ of the Cheddar and Colby cheeses, and cook over low heat, stirring, until melted.

  7. Stir in the mustard, nutmeg, and cayenne. Season with salt and pepper.

  8. Meanwhile, cook the elbow macaroni in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente.

  9. Drain very well.

  10. Return the macaroni to the pot.

  11. Add the cheese sauce and the remaining cheese, and stir until combined.

  12. Spread the macaroni in the prepared baking dish.

  13. In a small glass bowl, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in a microwave oven.

  14. Add the bread crumbs, season with salt and pepper, and stir until evenly moistened.

  15. Sprinkle the buttered crumbs over the macaroni and bake for 45 minutes, or until bubbling and golden on top.

  16. Let stand for 15 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

Make-Ahead: The assembled dish can be refrigerated overnight. Bring to room temperature and bake.


  • Calories: 1023.78kcal
  • Fat: 60.91g
  • Saturated Fat: 35.98g
  • Trans Fat: 1.28g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 16.05g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.98g
  • Carbohydrates: 76.24g
  • Fiber: 3.48g
  • Sugar: 7.65g
  • Protein: 42.50g
  • Cholesterol: 175.77mg
  • Sodium: 890.07mg
  • Calcium: 925.01mg
  • Potassium: 455.38mg
  • Iron: 2.43mg
  • Vitamin A: 477.75µg
  • Vitamin C: 0.92mg
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