Ultimate Macaroni and Cheese


This is America's favorite comfort food--tender macaroni, rich and cheesy sauce and a crisp crumb topping.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
15 servings


  • 1 (16 ounce) package elbow macaroni

  • 6 tablespoons butter

  • 6 tablespoons flour

  • 2 tablespoons McCormick® Mustard, Ground

  • 1 ½ teaspoons McCormick® Black Pepper, Coarse Grind

  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Garlic Powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 4 cups milk

  • 6 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

  • 1 ½ cups panko bread crumbs

  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Paprika


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cook macaroni in large saucepan as directed on package for al dente pasta. Rinse under cold water; drain well.

  2. Melt butter in same saucepan on medium heat. Sprinkle with flour and seasonings. Cook and stir 2 minutes or until well blended. Gradually stir in milk until smooth. Stirring constantly, cook 3 minutes or until sauce starts to thicken. Stir in cheese until melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Add macaroni; toss gently to coat. Pour into greased 13x9-inch baking dish. Mix panko and paprika; sprinkle evenly over top.

  3. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown on top. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

413 Calories
22g Fat
36g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 15
Calories 413
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 14g 68%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Sodium 550mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 414mg 32%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 222mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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