Creamy Pasta with Cheese: A Comforting Polish Delight


Indulge in the ultimate comfort food with this creamy Makaron z Serem, a classic Polish pasta dish that perfectly balances rich, cheesy flavors with simple ingredients. Guaranteed to satisfy your cravings, this dish is a beloved staple that will become a family favorite.

Creamy Pasta with Cheese: A Comforting Polish Delight

Preparation Details

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 550
  • Total Fat: 25g
  • Saturated Fat: 15g
  • Cholesterol: 70mg
  • Sodium: 680mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 58g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3g
  • Total Sugars: 4g
  • Protein: 22g


  • 8 ounces (225g) pasta (such as penne, fusilli, or farfalle)
  • 4 tablespoons (60g) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup (30g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups (480ml) whole milk
  • 1 cup (100g) grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup (100g) grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup (15g) breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons (30g) melted butter (for breadcrumb topping)

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt the 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter over medium heat.
  3. Whisk in the all-purpose flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly, to create a roux.
  4. Gradually whisk in the whole milk, making sure to incorporate any lumps.
  5. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until thickened, stirring frequently.
  6. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the grated cheddar cheese, grated Parmesan cheese, salt, and black pepper until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth.
  7. Add the cooked pasta to the cheese sauce and toss to combine, ensuring the pasta is evenly coated.
  8. In a small bowl, combine the breadcrumbs and melted butter for the topping.
  9. Transfer the pasta to a baking dish or individual serving dishes.
  10. Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture over the top of the pasta.
  11. Broil for 2-3 minutes, or until the breadcrumbs are golden brown and crispy.
  12. Serve the Makaron z Serem hot and creamy, garnished with extra grated cheese if desired.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Use a combination of cheeses, such as cheddar, Parmesan, and mozzarella, for added depth of flavor.
  • For a smoother texture, blend a portion of the cheese sauce with an immersion blender before combining with the pasta.
  • Add cooked bacon, ham, or sautéed vegetables for extra flavors and textures.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can I use a different type of pasta?

A: Absolutely! Any short pasta shape, such as penne, fusilli, or farfalle, works well in this dish.

Q: Can I make this dish ahead of time?

A: You can prepare the cheese sauce and pasta separately in advance, then combine and bake just before serving for best results.

Q: How do I store any leftovers?

A: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently on the stovetop or in the microwave, adding a splash of milk to loosen the sauce if needed.

Indulge in the ultimate comfort of this creamy Makaron z Serem, a classic Polish pasta dish that perfectly balances rich, cheesy flavors with simple ingredients. Each bite is a delightful blend of creamy sauce, tender pasta, and crispy breadcrumb topping, making it a beloved staple that will have you craving for more.