Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Bread Crumb Topping
Homemade macaroni and cheese with crunchy panko bread crumbs baked on top. A childhood favorite that kids will love but elevated enough that adults will devour.
  • CourseSide
  • CuisineAmerican
Servings Prep Time
8servings 15minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
8servings 15minutes
Cook Time
  • 1poundmacaronielbow shaped
  • 5tablespoonsunsalted butter
  • 6tablespoonsall-purpose flour
  • 1teaspoonkosher salt
  • 1/8teaspooncayenne pepper(optional)
  • 1/8teaspoonground nutmeg
  • 5cupsmilk
  • 8ouncesmonterey jack cheeseshredded (2 cups)
  • 8ouncessharp cheddar cheeseshredded (2 cups)
  • 1/2cuppanko bread crumbsor regular bread crumbs
  1. Bring 4 quarts water to boil in a large pot.
  2. Add pasta and 1 tablespoon salt and cook, often stirring, until tender (just past al dente) and drain pasta.
  3. Melt 5 tablespoons butter in large pot over medium-high heat.
  4. Add flour, 1 teaspoon salt, cayenne (if using) and nutmeg.
  5. Cook, constantly whisking, until mixture becomes fragrant and deepens in color, about 1-2 minutes.
  6. Gradually whisk in milk; bring mixture to a boil, whisking constantly.
  7. Reduce heat to medium and simmer, occasionally whisking, until thickened, about 7 minutes.
  8. Take the pot off the heat, slowly whisk in cheeses until completely melted.
  9. Add pasta to sauce and cook over medium-low heat, constantly stirring, until mixture is steaming and heated through, about 6 minutes.
  10. Transfer to a broiler-safe baking dish and sprinkle with panko bread crumbs.
  11. Broil in the oven until topping is golden brown, about 3 to 5 minutes. Keep a close eye to not burn it.
  12. Allow casserole to cool for 5 minutes before serving.
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