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Crazy Good Mac n' Cheese

This Crazy Good Mac n’ Cheese is a crowd favorite! It’s a rich and ultra-cheesy comfort food dish that’s easy to make and totally irresistible!
Course: 1 hour
Servings: 8
Author: Mary Ann Dwyer


  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp. ground mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne red pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground pepper
  • 2 cups sharp white cheddar cheese, freshly grated
  • 2 cups sharp yellow cheddar cheese, freshly grated
  • 1/2 cup panko Japanese bread crumbs


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Fill large pot with water and 2 tsp. salt and prepare the macaroni al dente according to directions on package. Set aside.
  • Melt 3 Tbsp. butter over medium heat in a large saucepan. Add onion and cook for 5 minutes. Whisk in flour and cook for one minute. Slowly whisk in milk, cream, mustard, cayenne, salt and pepper.
  • Stirring constantly, continue to cook for 8 minutes until nice and thick. Stir in 3 1/2 cups cheese. Stir until cheese is melted. Add pasta. Pour into a 2.4 qt. or a 9x13 baking dish sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle with the leftover cheddar cheese and the panko bread crumbs. Bake for 30 minutes until bubbly and nice and golden browned.