Crumb Topped Baked Mac and Cheese

Crumb Topped Baked Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese is cold weather comfort food by definition. You'll love the crunchy crumb topping in this recipe and the extra cheesey pasta. Once you make Crumb Topped Baked Mac and Cheese, you'll never go back to mac and cheese out of a box!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Crumb Topped Baked Mac and Cheese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 917 kcal


  • 1 Pound Dried Pasta Elbows, shells or Cavatappi preferred
  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Flour
  • 1 1/2 Cups Milk
  • 2 Cups Half and Half
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 Tsp Paprika
  • 1 Tsp Ground Mustard
  • 2 Cups Sharp Cheddar
  • 1 Cup Cheddar Jack
  • 1 Cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 3 Tbsp Butter
US Customary - Metric


  1. Cook pasta per package instructions until al dente. Set aside.

  2. In a large pot or dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and stir together until fully incorporated. Cook roux until flour is cooked through and it has a slight nutty aroma.

  3. Slowly add milk to roux mixture, whisking together so that it is smooth and fully blended together. Add is half and half.

  4. Add in seasonings and salt and pepper to taste.

  5. Whisk in cheese and stir until fully incorporated. Let simmer for several minutes until sauce thickens.

  6. Add pasta to the sauce mixture and adjust seasoning as desired. Transfer mixture to a baking dish.

  7. Adjust oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.

  8. Melt butter in a saute pan and toss the bread crumbs to coat. Top macaroni with bread crumbs and bake for 25-30 minutes. Let cool slightly and serve. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Crumb Topped Baked Mac and Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 917 Calories from Fat 477
% Daily Value*
Fat 53g82%
Saturated Fat 33g206%
Cholesterol 151mg50%
Sodium 674mg29%
Potassium 449mg13%
Carbohydrates 79g26%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 1789IU36%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 601mg60%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.