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Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 cups panko (Japanese bread crumbs, see Notes)
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter, plus butter for greasing the baking dish(es)
  • 4 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 4½ cups 2 percent or whole milk (however indulgent you’re feeling)
  • 1 cup heavy (whipping) cream
  • 5 cups coarsely grated flavorful cheese, such as sharp cheddar or Gruyère, or a mix (see Who Moved My Cheese to the Back of the Fridge? in Notes)
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher or coarse salt, or more to taste
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or more to taste
  • 1½ packages (24 ounces) dried cavatelli, ziti, penne, or any short pasta
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Nutritional information
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 874kcal (44%)
Total Fat 43g (67%)
Saturated Fat 26g (131%)
Cholesterol 131mg (44%)
Total Carbohydrate 84g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 10g
Protein 36g
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.



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