Indulgent Baked Mac n Cheese



Welcome, food enthusiasts! Today, we’re diving into the ultimate comfort food—Baked Mac n Cheese. This classic dish, with its creamy texture and gooey cheese goodness, is sure to be a hit at your table. So, let’s get started on crafting this cheesy masterpiece!


  • 12 oz dry macaroni
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup light cream (about 10-12% milkfat)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 can condensed cream of cheddar soup (optional, for an extra creamy kick)
  • 10.75 oz
  • 4 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
  • 1/2 cup fresh parmesan cheese, grated

Helpful Tips:

  1. Cheese Selection: Opt for quality sharp cheddar cheese to bring a robust flavor to your Mac n Cheese. Mixing different types of cheddar can also add depth to the dish.
  2. Creamy Consistency: Patience is key when thickening the sauce. Ensure it reaches a creamy consistency before incorporating the cheese for the perfect, velvety texture.
  3. Baking Time: Keep a close eye on your Mac n Cheese while it bakes to avoid overcooking. The goal is a bubbly, golden top without drying out the dish.


  1. Preheat your oven to a toasty 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cook the macaroni according to package directions. Once done, drain and run under cold water to halt the cooking process.
  3. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour, allowing it to cook for approximately 2 minutes while stirring.
  4. Slowly whisk in the cream and milk. Add the dry mustard powder, onion powder, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Continue cooking over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens.
  5. Remove the saucepan from heat and stir in the parmesan cheese and 3 cups of sharp cheddar cheese until fully melted. If you’re opting for an extra layer of creaminess, now is the time to add the condensed cream of cheddar soup.
  6. Toss the cheese sauce with the cooked macaroni noodles until well coated.
  7. Pour the cheesy macaroni mixture into a greased 9×13 pan.
  8. Top it off with the remaining 1 cup of sharp cheddar cheese.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for 18-24 minutes or until the top is bubbly and golden. Remember, resist the temptation to overcook.
  10. Allow the dish to cool for 10-15 minutes before serving. This ensures that the flavors settle, and you get the perfect creamy bite in every spoonful.


Q1: Can I use different types of cheese?

A1: Absolutely! Experiment with your favorite cheese blends. Gouda, mozzarella, or Monterey Jack can add a unique twist.

Q2: Can I prepare this ahead of time?

A2: Definitely! Prepare the Mac n Cheese up to the baking stage, cover, and refrigerate. Bake when you’re ready to enjoy, adding a few extra minutes if needed.

Q3: What can I serve with Mac n Cheese?

A3: Pair it with a crisp green salad or steamed veggies for a well-rounded meal.

Enjoy your indulgent Baked Mac n Cheese experience! 🧀✨

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