November 23, 2020 2 min read

The BEST Baked Mac and Cheese

Baked mac and cheese is my favorite Thanksgiving side, hands down. I make this delicious dish year-round because I love it so much!

This extra cheesy macaroni and cheese recipe by Mom on Time Out is great. The recipe is truly a made-from-scratch recipe and it shows in the taste. Yum!


  • 16 oz elbow macaroni
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 + 1/2 cups panko crumbs
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese shredded
  • 1/4 tsp paprika


  1. Cook the pasta one minute shy of al dente according to the package instructions. Remove from heat, drain, and place in a large bowl.
  2. Set aside pasta to cool while preparing cheese sauce.
  3. Melt butter in a deep saucepan, dutch oven, or stock pot.
  4. Whisk in flour over medium heat and continue whisking for about 1 minute until bubbly and golden.
  5. Gradually whisk in the milk and heavy cream until nice and smooth. Continue whisking until you see bubbles on the surface and then continue cooking and whisking for another 2 minutes. Whisk in salt and pepper.
  6. Add two cups of shredded cheese and whisk until smooth. Add another two cups of shredded cheese and continue whisking until creamy and smooth. Sauce should be nice and thick.
  7. Stir in the cooled pasta until combined and pasta is fully coated with the cheese sauce.
  8. Pour half of the mac and cheese into the prepared baking dish. Top with remaining 2 cups of shredded cheese and then the remaining mac and cheese.
  9. In a small bowl, combine panko crumbs, Parmesan cheese, melted butter and paprika. Sprinkle over the top and bake until bubbly and golden brown, about 30 minutes. Serve immediately.

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