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Mac and Cheese

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  • Author: Julie
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Cuisine: American


Creamy, comforting homemade mac and cheese topped with “real” breadcrumbs.


  • 4 cups pasta (I used cavatappi)
  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 4 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 8 ounces colby jack cheese, shredded
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 4 ounces crusty french bread


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cook pasta according to directions. While it is boiling, start on the cheese sauce.
  3. In a medium saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons of butter over medium-high heat.
  4. When the butter is melted, whisk in the flour. Cook until golden brown and foamy.
  5. Slowly whisk in the milk until the mixture is smooth.
  6. Cook the mixture, stirring frequently until it bubbles gently and thickens, about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low.
  7. Stir in the spices, and then cheeses.
  8. Whisk until the cheese is melted into the sauce.
  9. Remove from heat.
  10. Pour the cheese sauce into the drained pasta and stir well.
  11. Pour the pasta into a greased 2 quart casserole dish.
  12. Use a food processor or blender to pulse the bread into course crumbs.
  13. In a medium bowl, mix the breadcrumbs with 2 tablespoons of melted butter.
  14. Sprinkle the mixture over the pasta, and bake for 25 minutes.