Crunchy Topped Mac and Cheese Delight


Indulge in the ultimate comfort food with our Crunchy Topped Mac and Cheese Delight. This classic dish features creamy, cheese-coated macaroni under a layer of golden, crispy breadcrumbs, creating a perfect balance of creamy and crunchy textures. It's a heartwarming dish that's perfect for family dinners or as a soul-satisfying treat.

Crunchy Topped Mac and Cheese Delight

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • This recipe serves 6 people. 
  • Each serving is a hearty bowl of mac and cheese topped with crunchy breadcrumbs.

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 550 kcal
  • Protein: 20 g
  • Carbohydrates: 50 g
  • Fat: 30 g
  • Saturated Fat: 18 g
  • Cholesterol: 90 mg
  • Sodium: 780 mg
  • Fiber: 2 g


  • Elbow macaroni: 450 g (1 lb)
  • Butter: 60 g (1/4 cup)
  • All-purpose flour: 30 g (1/4 cup)
  • Milk: 720 ml (3 cups)
  • Cheddar cheese, shredded: 450 g (1 lb)
  • Breadcrumbs: 120 g (1 cup)
  • Parmesan cheese, grated: 50 g (1/2 cup)
  • Salt and pepper: to taste

Method of Preparation

  • Cook the Pasta: Boil the macaroni according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  • Make the Cheese Sauce: In a pot, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk until smooth. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened.
  • Remove from heat and stir in shredded cheddar cheese until melted. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Combine the cheese sauce with the cooked macaroni.
  • For the Breadcrumb Topping:
    • In a bowl, mix breadcrumbs with melted butter and grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake:
    • Transfer the macaroni and cheese mixture to a baking dish. Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture on top.
    • Bake in a preheated oven at 190°C (375°F) for 20 minutes or until the top is golden and crispy.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • For a richer flavor, mix different types of cheese like Gouda, Monterey Jack, or mozzarella.
  • Add a pinch of nutmeg to the cheese sauce for a hint of warmth.
  • For extra crunch, mix some chopped herbs like parsley or thyme into the breadcrumb topping.


Can I make this dish gluten-free?

Yes, use gluten-free pasta and breadcrumbs for a gluten-free version.

Can I add proteins or vegetables to this dish?

Absolutely! Cooked bacon, chicken, or steamed broccoli make great additions.

How do I store leftovers?

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat in the oven for best texture.