Baked Macaroni and cheese is the ultimate comfort food. With a buttery crunchy Panko topping and creamy cheese sauce it's always a family favorite.
Prep Time 5mins
Cook Time 30mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Macaroni and Cheese
3cupsshredded sharp cheddar cheese
2cupsshredded gruyere cheddar cheese
1cuppanko bread crumbs
Place oven rack in upper third of oven and preheat to 375 degrees F
Cook pasta for 7-8 minutes in salted boiling water then drain and set aside.
While the pasta cooks melt your butter in large pot over medium heat. Add flour and whisk to combine. Stir frequently until light golden brown, about 2 minutes.
Add milk and cream and whisk until well combined and there are no lumps. Bring to a low simmer and cook for 3-4 minutes until mixture is thickened then add cheese in batches 1-2 cups at a time, stirring until each batch is fully melted and smooth.
Season cheese sauce with salt and pepper then add cooked macaroni and stir gently until fully combined.
Transfer the macaroni and cheese to a baking dish.
To make topping, melt remaining butter in microwave safe dish then pour over panko and stir until panko crumbs are well coated.
Sprinkle the topping over the macaroni and cheese then place dish in the oven. Bake uncovered for 15-20 minutes until topping is lightly browned.