Baked Macaroni and Cheese

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  • 1 pound pasta (large elbow macaroni)
  • 1 stick butter
  • 6 cups sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • salt (to taste)


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Julia 6 days ago
Made this for dinner and was pleasantly surprised! Best baked Mac and cheese ever.
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Inga Lizounkova 29 days ago
came out grate! added few minutes on broil to make it extra crispy
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Danielle Brogdon 3 Dec 2018
It was very very good when combined I put a bit of milk on top then the crumbs to make it more crispy.
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B 28 Nov 2018
This recipe was easy to assemble; the only difference next time, I’ll add a second or third cheese type for more flavor.
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Kelsie 25 Nov 2018
I did not have enough heavy cream for the sauce so I substituted with milk and butter. It came out ok though very dry so I would recommend using only heavy cream with the other ingredients.
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Jeannie 24 Nov 2018
My grandkids loved it
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Lexie Thompson 23 Nov 2018
YUM Used just the recipe and it was a hit at thanksgiving!
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Erick Jones 23 Nov 2018
Came out really good, felt like I was using too much cheese but it turned out nice. Ended up adding 2 eggs, garlic salt and pepper for my own personal taste
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Bob 22 Nov 2018
Really delicious. I added a bit of freshly grated nutmeg and sauteed minced garlic to the cheese sauce and some dried thyme to the breadcrumbs on top. Cheese was a combo of sharp cheddar, gruyere, and parmesan. Salted the pasta water very well and the sauce didn't need any additional salt. Breadcrumbs were panko, parm, and thyme tossed with a bit of olive oil before sprinkling on top. Works great with gluten-free pasta as well, just make sure to undercook it in the water so that it doesn't turn to mush in the bake.
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pat kopp 13 Nov 2018
I cut the recipe in half to fit an 8x8 baking dish. Turned out delicious!
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Jessica 4 Nov 2018
It came out amazing! The only thing I did different was used crushed ritz instead of panko. This will be my new go to Mac and cheese recipe!! Yum!
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eeyore2133 . 24 Oct 2018
Made a bit more than I thought it would but tasted great!
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Zak 17 Oct 2018
Super tasteful! I personally let it sit in the over for a little longer because i like it more crispy!
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kema 14 Oct 2018
love it.. i didnt use the breadcrumbs
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Jennifer 11 Oct 2018
Made this for my family and they loved it it was easy and it was better then the more difficult recipes I’ve made used cream and butter and extra sharp cheddar cheese!! It was great!!
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Sakile Cornwall 11 Oct 2018
My boyfriend and I loved it! I didn't have any heavy cream though so improvised with regular milk, and added flour for thickening.
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Dcallie 9 Oct 2018
It is a good basic recipe for Mac and cheese. I added some curry powder and balsamic vinegar which gave it a little punch. Will make again
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Christie Horner 9 Oct 2018
I love it. I've been trying to find a good baked mac n cheese recipe for a while now and this is it. I used a couple different types of cheeses but i didnt change anything else.
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Mary Kay 5 Oct 2018
Okay. We all ate it. Bread crumbs were liked by only half our crowd and I was surprised the cheese on top didn’t melt, it just crusted with the panko. Not sure if I would make this exact recipe again.
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Kimmy 30 Sep 2018
Excellent and easy to prepare!
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Vereen 27 Sep 2018
I was ok, I will still look for another one
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Stephaney Law 27 Sep 2018
No rue made this recipe a breeze! Added a shallot, minced garlic, paprika, and mustard while melting butter. I'm at mid-high altitude (7k+ ft) so not surprisingly, the sauce turned out really thick initially and i had to add about 1/4 cup 1% milk. That did the trick, it came out excellent & my family loved it. Will make again!
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AMAZING!! and so easy!
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deanna l. 11 Sep 2018
it was soo yummy!! Everyone loved it, will definitely make again soon!!
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It was super easy & delicious!
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Lenora McFadden 1 Sep 2018
Made adjustments like using half & half instead of heavy cream and used different types of cheeses (a mix of white, sharp & mild cheddar; gouda; muenster then mild cheddar on top). Also used more seasoning (Himalayan salt mixed with roasted garlic). Didn't use the bread crumbs at all... Turned out great!
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Sbbcr Roberson 28 Aug 2018
Easy to make! I really liked it but my husband and kids didn’t like the sharp cheddar. Will use half mild cheddar next time.
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Sarah Mingle 19 Aug 2018
Fantastic! It was super easy to make and everyone had seconds. It was the first dish finished at a party we had.
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Alhamdulillah. It tastes GREAT. Thanks for the recipe 😊
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Jenny S. 17 Aug 2018
My family loved this (except my picky eater). He didn’t like the “crust” but I loved it. To me the crust made it delicious!