Baked Macaroni and Cheese

One of my kids most favorite meals to have is macaroni and cheese. They LOVE the infamous blue box the most, however, I never pass up an opportunity to make something front scratch that they prefer more. I have tried about 100 different recipes, and although lots of them are hits, none of them compare to the box. Last week, I made this for dinner and my kids LOVED it. Their favorite part was the bread crumbs on top. It added a slight crunch to the dish and once combined with the cheese and pasta, this was a success. I will definitely be making this again! It would be perfect for picnic gatherings, side dishes, kid friendly meals, etc.

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  • 1/2 lb elbow macaroni
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 3 tbsp. flour
  • 1 tbsp. ground mustard
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 egg
  • 12 oz cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Black Pepper


  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs



  1. In a large pot, boil water and cook macaroni al dente.
  2. In a separate pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and ground mustard. Whisk for about 3 minutes, making sure it is lump free.
  3. Stir in the milk, onion powder, and paprika. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Temper in the egg.
  5. Stir in 3/4 cup of the shredded cheese, salt, and pepper; stirring until all is combined.
  6. Add in the cooked/drained pasta and pour into a greased 2 quart baking dish.
  7. Top with remaining cheese.
  8. In a pot, melt the 3 tbsp. butter and add in the 1 cup bread crumbs.
  9. Stir until combined and sprinkle over macaroni mixture evenly.
  10. Place in preheated oven, 350, and bake for about 30 minutes.
  11. Remove from oven and enjoy!!

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