Baked Mac and Cheese

Baked Mac and Cheese

Baked Mac and Cheese

So it’s cold outside. I know, this is not a newsflash right? And when it’s cold one should eat proper hearty dishes, things like stews, casseroles and mac and cheese. Comfort food to warm the body and stick to your ribs. With that goal in mind I have finally started making my baked mac and cheese again and I’ve remembered all over again why I enjoy it so much. It’s got a heartier feel to it than regular mac and cheese. One might say this dish is to regular mac as stew is to soup. They are cousins in the same food family, but this is pulling out the big guns against the cold. The actual ingredients are very similar to my regular mac and cheese recipe, just the proportions are different (well and plus the panko crumbs). Otherwise they taste similar which is to say my older two children won’t currently eat this version of homemade mac and cheese either (I know, who doesn’t like mac and cheese? It’s like not liking pizza. Alas, but they are holding out for the blue box version.) My baby on the other hand adores it and wants you to know that it not only tastes great, but flings beautifully to the floor. His art style is very similar to the intentional randomness of Jackson Pollock, a Jackson Potluck you might say given that food is his medium of choice and the canvas is my dining room floor. Did I mention that because it’s baked it cleans up from the rug more easily as well? Not quite as oozy which here is a good thing.

Onward to the recipe. Note: I use both types of milk because I have them on hand. If you don’t, just use whole milk. I don’t like this recipe as much with straight skim, the flour flavor pops out more. If you have just skim then carnation canned milk can work here too. If you have a bit more time on a weeknight (given that it has the prep of regular mac plus 30 mins cooking time) I highly recommend you try it. Eat it as the snow falls…

Prep Time 15 mins +30 mins baking

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Beautifully

Kid Friendly Tasks: Cheese tester


  • 2 tbs butter
  •  3 tbls flour
  •  ½ tsp salt
  •  ½ tsp sugar
  •  ¼ tsp nutmeg
  •  1 c whole milk
  •  1 c skim milk
  •  ¼ c Panko crumbs
  •  ½ box noodles
  •  2 tbsp Parmesan cheese
  •  ½ c cheddar cheese


  1. Start preparing pasta according to package instructions and preheat your oven to 350F.
  2. Heat butter and flour together over medium heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly. While these ingredients are cooking together heat the milk in the microwave for about 2 minutes.
  3. Very slowly, lest you get lumps in your white sauce, pour in the milk over the flour/butter mixture stirring constantly. When all milk is added (both skim and regular) add the salt, sugar, and nutmeg. Then cook 5 minutes so your sauce just starts to thicken.
  4. Add the parmesan cheese and cheddar cheese and cook and additional 5 minutes.
  5. Drain pasta and mix hot pasta with cheese sauce. Pour into oven safe casserole dish and top with panko crumbs.
  6. Bake for 30 mins or until the top is lightly brown and the cheese sauce is nice and bubbly.


Baked Mac and Cheese

Baked Mac and Cheese




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