Delicious macaroni casserole, topped with crispy and cheesy crust.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
55 mins
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 - 9x13 inch baking dish
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch glass baking dish.

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  • Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the macaroni, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain and mix with half of the butter.

  • While the macaroni is boiling, melt the remaining butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onions, and cook until the onions begin to soften, about 3 minutes. Stir in the flour, and cook 5 minutes longer. Add the milk and bring to a simmer, stirring frequently. Cook and stir until the milk has thickened, about 10 minutes. Once thick and smooth, stir in the salt, white pepper, Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce, mustard, 2 cups of Cheddar cheese, and 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese. Stir until the cheeses have melted, then stir in the macaroni until evenly coated. Scrape into the prepared baking dish, and smooth the top. Toss the remaining 1 cup Cheddar cheese and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese with the dry bread crumbs in a mixing bowl. Sprinkle evenly over the top of the macaroni.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the macaroni is hot and the crust is golden brown, about 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

286 calories; protein 13.1g 26% DV; carbohydrates 23.2g 8% DV; fat 15.5g 24% DV; cholesterol 45.2mg 15% DV; sodium 532.4mg 21% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/10/2009
I made a recipe and a half of this. Instead of adding more elbow macaroni I added some sauteed carrot shredded zucchini garlic and peppers which I cooked with the onion. (I'm all about sneaking in some veggies where I can. As long as it's covered in cheese the kids will eat just about anything.) I tried the sauce after adding all the cheese and added about a cup or so more. I took LTH's recommends and used Crackerbarrel's 2% white cheddar which I found on the cheap at Grocery Outlet. For the topping I made my own bread crumbs out of day old bread and pulsed it in the blender until it was a fine crumb. Two pieces made just enough. Good sturdy recipe. I always add a little dijon and Frank's hot sauce to my homemade mac so that is always a nice touch. This is a make again. EDITED: After baking for an hour the flavors really melded well. I'm glad I made extra because we really ate the heck out of this (even my oldest son had two bowls!) and there's enough for leftovers for lunch tomorrow. It's earned it's last star. AND it's even better the next day. I warmed it in the microwave and didn't have any issues with gloppy cheese or globs of noodles. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/28/2011
Was not a huge fan too much cheese which made it taste really greasy and fattening Read More
(7)
99 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 51
  • 4 star values: 33
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
08/10/2009
I made a recipe and a half of this. Instead of adding more elbow macaroni I added some sauteed carrot shredded zucchini garlic and peppers which I cooked with the onion. (I'm all about sneaking in some veggies where I can. As long as it's covered in cheese the kids will eat just about anything.) I tried the sauce after adding all the cheese and added about a cup or so more. I took LTH's recommends and used Crackerbarrel's 2% white cheddar which I found on the cheap at Grocery Outlet. For the topping I made my own bread crumbs out of day old bread and pulsed it in the blender until it was a fine crumb. Two pieces made just enough. Good sturdy recipe. I always add a little dijon and Frank's hot sauce to my homemade mac so that is always a nice touch. This is a make again. EDITED: After baking for an hour the flavors really melded well. I'm glad I made extra because we really ate the heck out of this (even my oldest son had two bowls!) and there's enough for leftovers for lunch tomorrow. It's earned it's last star. AND it's even better the next day. I warmed it in the microwave and didn't have any issues with gloppy cheese or globs of noodles. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/23/2009
I admit it--I left out the onions! Just too big a departure for me I guess :) We liked this. I reduced the overall butter in this recipe to 2 tbsp, which I used to make the roux. It doesn't need the butter anywhere else (though naturally, it TASTES better if you use butter where indicated.) I added some pre-cooked bacon bits in with the topping, and sprayed the topping with Pam, but really it needed a little butter in the topping (and not in the other places!) to moisten the bread crumbs. I'll make this again, we really liked the blend of spices in this one. P.S. If you're having trouble with graininess, make sure you DO NOT BOIL THE CHEESE SAUCE. That creates the graininess. In fact you can turn the heat off at the point where you add the cheeses to melt them, the residual heat will do the job without any risk of boiling. Thanks for the recipe :) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/04/2009
I thought this was a "4", but Mr. LTH said it's a "5", AND said it's better than MY mac & cheese (yeah, we're pretty sure he ate a lot of lead paint as a child...), so "5" it is! As you can tell by my photo, I did NOT top w/bread crumbs & cheese and bake, per personal preference...I prefer my mac & cheese all ooey and gooey and not dryish and baked. (Though, if you prefer the baked variety, this would be fabulous that way, too, I'm sure!) I followed the recipe pretty close, though I did up the worchestershire sauce, mustard, and Red Hot a bit. I used Crackerbarrel 2% extra sharp white cheese for my cheese and 1% milk. This recipe caught my eye because it's very similar to my families recipe and I've never seen one so close (I don't use onion or Red Hot or parm, I use evaporated milk, and make my white sauce in the nuker) so I decided to give it a whirl. I still prefer mine (not a surprise since I've been eating it for close to 30 years!), but this is def a close second in my book (and I like that it's on AR for easy reccing to others). TY for a great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/23/2010
I really liked the flavor of this, but the breadcumbs definitely dried it out. I will make this again, but I will reduce the breadcumb mixture - just sprinkling a very thin layer over the top for texture. In my opinion, the recipe calls for too much of the topping and takes away from the cheesiness. Read More
(9)
Rating: 4 stars
03/31/2009
This recipe was awesome! Easy to make and full of flavor. I might tone down the bread crumbs just a notch they seem to take away from the flavor of the macaroni. All in all this is definitely something I'd make again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/30/2009
I tried this one with a few substitutions. I used saltine crackers instead of bread crumbs as well as used shell pasta instead of macaroni. It turned out fairly nice (I LOVED the crust) but I didn't adore the grainy sort of texture that comes with using cheddar in a sauce. Maybe next time I'll use American cheese. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/03/2010
Loved it! Left out the breadcrumbs and put extra cheese inside. It was perfect! Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/25/2011
this is the best mac and cheese i've ever had! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/22/2011
I am a huge fan of mac and cheese with breadcrumbs; so, I was psyched to try this new-to-me recipe. It was very bland and the bit of flavor it did have was just not appealing to me. Not even sure how to doctor this one to make it more to my taste. Read More
(7)
Rating: 3 stars
03/28/2011
Was not a huge fan too much cheese which made it taste really greasy and fattening Read More
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