I made this for our Christmas Dinner. I made it ahead of time as we had to travel. While we opened gifts I heated it up to get the cheeses bubbly with the intention of adding to crumbs later. The crumbs never made and no one knew the difference. A double batch disappeared! Everyone loved it and the Host, my cousin requested the recipe.
The only change I made… Used a whole box of Cavatelli, doubled everything else. It was delicious! I totally am making this!! Thanks for sharing!! I made this for the first time in September when we were feeding the youth group at church.
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I tripled the recipe this time, but my kids demanded that I leave one pan here — so that they would have some for later :D. Lucky fire department : Thanks for leaving a review, it means so much to me! Holy moly!! This was amazing!!! I did need to add a little more milk and heavy cream when making the cheese sauce, and might do a little less mozzarella as it can be kind of a chewy cheese, but this was incredible!!! Everyone loved it!!
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This is now my go-to mac and cheese recipe! Yeah the cheese you use is totally up to you, there are so many options. Thank you for coming back to leave a review! Made this for Thanksgiving. Cheese is a staple at our house so obviously my family loved it. This will now be an expected item on our holiday menus. Thank for sharing. Great recipe! You are smart for tasting along the way!
Absolutely Katie! Actually the first time I tried it, it was gluten free. And gluten free flour for the roux. Any gluten free blend that you find in the baking aisle will do.
Hey Mary! Keep in mind that cheddar is pretty salty too. Yes it can! I bake mine for 30 minutes to get it melty.
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Hey Amy! Uhh…normal size? Any size you use will be great! It was craaaazy delicious and my new go-to when I am throwing caution and calories to the wind. Thank you! Throw those calories to the wind! Hey Rae! It will not get crispy on top, so if you do it in the crock pot you may as well skip the panko topping.
I think it would still taste really good though! Spray your crock pot really well! Do you know if I could make this ahead of time then heat it up in the crockpot? I have to travel 2 hours and would like it for a potluck. Hey Rachel! Let me know how it goes! I was volunteered to make Mac for Thanksgiving and probably there will be about people wanting this. Hey Brittany! Happy Thanksgiving! What is the cream you use? Hey Melinda! Cream is the same as whipping cream. Not cream cheese! Excited to make this dish this weekend! Can I use a difference kind of pasta, such as rotini or shells?
Also, about how long, in total, does it take to make this dish?? Bringing it to friendsgiving this weekend!! Hey Stacie! Sure, any kind of pasta you like with do just fine! And this recipe takes about an hour to make, I would say. This really depends on how fast you work in the kitchen though :. Made this last weekend for a surprise birthday party — no kidding. This recipe was the hit! Everyone loved it — doubling for Thanksgiving dinner. Looking forward to this year and this recipe FTW!!!! Yes I had no idea! We Californians are clearly behind the times!! So question about the Panko breadcrumbs: plain or will Italian seasoned be better?
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You guys are gonna love it! I used regular plain Panko crumbs, but I think either one would taste good! I had to double the recipe as I was serving 6 of us and wanted leftovers. I did add smoked paprika and cooked bacon on top of they layer of cheese!! Thank you for sharing the recipe. Sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing your review Tammy!! Helps me out! I used to make a Jamie Oliver mac and cheese and thought it was pretty good until I discovered your mouth watering recipe and was blown away with the result!!
The idea for a layer of cheese is pure genius and I think is the only right way to make mac and cheese. Your blogs are great and I enjoy reading them!! Thank you Jon! I feel like basically any mac and cheese recipe could be made 10x better now if you just add a layer of cheese in the middle! Thanks for commenting!!
Double the recipe to use an entire pack of noodles. Excellent recipe!!! Because we are lactose and gluten free, I substituted lactose free half and half for the milk and cream, elbows made of brown rice and BBQ potato chips for the topping. Thankfully I can tolerate cheese!!!! What, BBQ chips!!!! Sounds amazing! My husband went to a restaurant the other day and ordered the mac and cheese that had CHEEZ IT crushed topping and he said it was amazing!
Clearly I need to get more creative here ;. I did use the whole cream, splashing a bit more in there. I used the packages of shredded Walmart cheese, I had a variety of several partial packs, just dumped them in. Had to put it back on heat really low. Used sandwich slices of English cheddar, and… Well it worked! Lol, it was great! Of yeah, I used homemade buttermilk biscuits left over crumbled for panko crumbs. Thanks, it is stellar! Ooh ooh buttermilk biscuit crumbs sounds amazing on top! Hi, I wanted you to know this was amazing!!!
We eat that one too that is how good it was : Thank you for sharing your recipe with us. But I think I would change the serving size to maybe 2 to 3 servings maybe. I suppose the serving size would depend on whether you are serving it as a main dish or a side dish, because mac and cheese can be both. Hey Eileen! Yes you can make this recipe in any size pan that you like. Hope this helps! I need this for a reunion day after tomorrow. Hey Carol! Great question! In the past, the sauce in my recipes have always split once baked.
The sauce in this recipe stays thick and creamy, and it is so cheesy. It really is a great find! Thanks for your review! This recipe is exactly what I was looking for, creamy, cheesy, deliciousness with a crispy crumb topping! Thank you Karen for continuing to maintain your perfect recipe streak with this Mac and cheese recipe. I also doubled the recipe to feed a group of hungry teens. They loved it! Thank you so much. And doubling when there are teens around is always a good idea, otherwise you might not get any! Thanks for the comment, so good to hear from you!
Make sure to cook long enough in your oven so the cheese in the middle melts properly. Easy to make and will make you a culinary star! Made this twice. Make sure you bake in oven until you see the cheese bubble from the side of the pan to make sure the cheese in the middle is properly melted.
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That is the best feeling! Mac and cheese lovers unite. Thanks so much for the glowing review!! This is pure hedonism, right here! I just made up a batch following your directions to a T, and it came out perfectly. The recipe says it serves 6. Put it back in the casserole, layering with a few more slices of cheddar and Monterey Jack, and popped it back in the oven for another 10 minutes.
Still perfect!!! Next time I will cook the entire pound of macaroni and adjust the remaining ingredients accordingly. This is a winner!!! Pure hedonism, lol!!! I can understand how this might come short of serving 6 if you have teenage boys. Endless appetites! Good idea adding more cheese and putting it back in the oven. Thanks for the helpful comment Kathryn!!
The cheese stretch when you lift the spoon out will be insane. Take a picture and instagram it so I can see, haha! My mom grew up on Velveeta and loves that stuff. If it were me I would do half sliced cheddar, and half sliced velveeta, just because I like the cheddar taste more than velveeta taste. Before I give this a try, I could use some tips on the cheese. I recently tried a recipe with loads of cheese, but it looked curdled.
My family loves mac n cheese, and I very much want a great recipe to work this time. Any help will be appreciated. Thank you. Hey Ellen! Make sure you are using name brand sharp cheddar I love Tillamook and a good quality mozzarella. Use whole milk. Turn off the heat before adding the cheese. Make sure all the cheese is prepped and ready to go before you start making the roux. You got this! Good luck! Hey Sherry! You only need to adjust baked goods like cake, cookies, etc. Fantastic recipe! You can never go wrong with a little more cream I say. Thanks for the review!
Awesome Peggy! We never make mac and cheese at Christmas, but I get people commenting all the time that they make this for the holidays. Clearly I need to get with the program because that is a great idea!! Hi there, I am planning on making this recipe for Thanksgiving. We have a favorite family recipe but unfortunately we can't seem to extract the recipe from deep in the family files so it seems I'm off to discover a new fantabulous macaroni and cheese.
We are used to a more Southern style-custard based with eggs and so I want to stick closer to this version though am willing to branch out for deliciousness. So far my Google search has revealed these to be two amazing recipes though now I am torn:. Squirt Sriracha on everything?
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Home Cooking. Add flour and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Whisk in the warmed milk and bring to a boil, continue to whisk constantly. The mixture will thicken as the heat increases. Continue to stir while adding the dry mustard, nutmeg, cayenne, salt, pepper, hot sauce and Worcestershire. Stir in the 3 cups of Cheddar until it melts. Pour the cheese sauce over the noodles and add to a 3. Sprinkle the chips, bacon and Parmesan on top and bake for 35 minutes. Loads S'more Tasty Reads.
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