Golden Baked Mac and Cheese: A Cheesy Comfort Classic


Indulge in the ultimate comfort food with our Golden Baked Mac and Cheese. This dish is a creamy and cheesy delight, featuring tender macaroni enveloped in a rich, velvety cheese sauce and topped with a crispy breadcrumb crust. Baked to golden perfection, it's the perfect balance of comforting flavors and textures, ideal for family meals or a hearty side dish.

Golden Baked Mac and Cheese: A Cheesy Comfort Classic

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • This recipe serves 6 people. 
  • Each serving is a hearty portion of mac and cheese.

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 550 kcal
  • Protein: 25 g
  • Carbohydrates: 50 g
  • Fat: 25 g
  • Saturated Fat: 15 g
  • Cholesterol: 75 mg
  • Sodium: 550 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: 1 liter (4 cups)
  • Sharp cheddar cheese, grated: 450 g (4 cups)
  • Bread crumbs: 100 g (1 cup)
  • Salt and pepper: to taste
  • Paprika: 1 tsp

Method of Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F).
  2. Cook the macaroni according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a pot, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour to form a roux. Gradually whisk in milk until smooth.
  4. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly, until thickened.
  5. Remove from heat. Stir in 3 cups of cheese until melted. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Mix the cooked macaroni with the cheese sauce. Transfer to a baking dish.
  7. Mix the remaining cheese with breadcrumbs and paprika. Sprinkle over the macaroni.
  8. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until the top is golden brown and bubbly.
  9. Let it cool for a few minutes before serving.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • For extra creaminess, add a splash of cream to the cheese sauce.
  • Experiment with different cheeses like Gruyère or Monterey Jack for varied flavors.
  • Add a pinch of mustard powder to the cheese sauce for an extra zing.


Can I add other ingredients to the mac and cheese?

Yes, feel free to add cooked bacon, broccoli, or jalapeños for a twist.

How do I store leftovers?

Store in an airtight container in the fridge and reheat in the oven.

Can I make this gluten-free?

Yes, use gluten-free pasta and flour to make a gluten-free version.