Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Baked Macaroni and Cheese is a deliciously cheesy meal, perfect any night and one that the whole family will love and devour in no time!

I know a Baked Macaroni and Cheese isn’t always thought of, but I can promise you this dish is sure to be a hit at your home. Brussel sprout saladRoasted broccoli. or Roasted green beans are some great veggie choices to serve this up with!

a scoop of Baked Macaroni and Cheese from a casserole dish

A family Staple

Happy August, friends and I hope you guys are hungry right now. Today, we are sharing a recipe that we have made at least 4 times in the last 6 weeks. We made it for the first time a few months ago but it was loved so much by all, that we’ve made it several more times for family gatherings.

It’s a Baked Macaroni and Cheese recipe that is so tasty and cheesy. We’ve been long-time fans of macaroni and cheese so you better believe everyone – kid and adult – loved this recipe!

Regular o’l Macaroni can get old and boring quick, so we went on a hunt for an easy homemade recipe that we thought the kids would like. We had already found other macaroni and cheese recipes we love like this classic Homemade Macaroni and Cheese and this other white sauce Macaroni and Cheese, but we were up for finding another great one, and we did. This recipe is simple, baked, and oh so cheesy.

A glass dish of pasta topped with shredded cheese.

Making Baked Mac and Cheese

PASTA. Cooking penne until al dente, or slightly underdone. Drain and set aside.

CHEESE SAUCE.

  1. While the pasta is cooking, heat milk in a small saucepan. Keep warm, but do not let it simmer.
  2. In a separate saucepan, melt your butter. Add flour to melted butter and stir 1-2 minutes, until butter-flour mixture is golden. Slowly whisk in your warm milk. Add nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Cook over medium heat, whisking often, until thickened – about 10 min. Remove from heat.
  3. Add heavy cream and ½ cup of your swiss and ½ cup of parmesan cheese. Stir until cheese is completely melted.

BAKE. Combine pasta with cheese sauce. Pour into a large buttered baking dish. Top with remaining cheese and Parmesan. Cover dish with foil. Bake at 400 for 10 -15 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking until cheese is golden brown.

ENJOY! Remove from oven and let cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.

Close up of toasted baked macaroni and cheese in a glass dish

Tips, Variations + Storing Info

The nutmeg may seem like an odd addition, but it really brings out the best flavor and doesn’t make the mac and cheese sweet at all!

Variations:

  • Add crumbled bacon
  • Add veggies such as red bell pepper or broccoli
  • Shred your own cheese, this will help the cheese mix in easier!
  • Use elbows or bowties to mix up the pasta shape!

STORE leftover mac and cheese in the fridge in an airtight container for about a week. Reheat in the microwave until warmed through.

FREEZE: 

  • Baked: Let it cool completely for the best texture! Then wrap it tightly in multiple layers of foil and place it in the freezer for 1-2 months. Let it thaw in the fridge overnight and then reheat it in the oven covered until warmed through.
  • Unbaked: Let it cool completely, mix everything together, wrap tightly in multiple layers of foil and freeze for 2-3 months. Baked from frozen and add a few minutes to the bake time.

To make ahead of time, assemble the mac and cheese, cover it tightly, and leave it in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes before baking.

Baked macaroni and cheese in a glass baking dish

This is a great dish to make ahead and bake when ready. It would make an excellent meal to surprise a neighbor with too and as always, a great dinner idea any night!

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Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Baked Macaroni and Cheese is a deliciously cheesy meal, perfect any night and one that the whole family will love and devour in no time!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 445 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 3/4 lb penne
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 2 tbsp freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Cooking penne until al dente, or slightly underdone. Drain and set aside.
  • While the pasta is cooking, heat milk in a small saucepan. Keep warm, but do not let it simmer.
  • In a separate saucepan, melt your butter. Add flour to melted butter and stir 1-2 minutes, until butter-flour mixture is golden. Slowly whisk in your warm milk. Add nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Cook over medium heat, whisking often, until thickened - about 10 min. Remove from heat.
  • Add heavy cream and ½ cup of your swiss and ½ cup of parmesan cheese. Stir until cheese is completely melted.
  • Combine pasta with cheese sauce. Pour into a large buttered baking dish. Top with remaining cheese and Parmesan. Cover dish with foil. Bake at 400 for 10 -15 minutes.
  • Remove foil and continue baking until cheese is golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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Comments:

  1. Yes It will be a great dinner idea any night! 😀 Thanks for share. i never make it before !

  2. 5 stars
    Currently 22 and mac and cheese is still one of my favorite meals. I can’t believe how creamy this is! Every other time I make baked mac and cheese I find that it has significantly dried up the sauce but not this recipe!