Instead, try: Is it best to cover the pan before baking? No leftovers. Best mac and cheese! Thanks for the Swiss substitute , I couldn’t find the Gruyere. Or can I bake and then just reheat when ready? Don’t put the topping on until you are ready to bake. Whisk the reserved pasta cooking water into the cheese sauce, combining it thoroughly. The roux was a great consistency, nonetheless, in the end. Creamy and delicious! I’m a HUGE paprika fan! Delicious. Thanks for posting your recipe. Everybody who has tried this now have a totally different standard when it come to Mac n cheese. Everyone always ask me to make it. I’ve only tried the recipe as written so I can’t really say if that will work. We add a little crumbled bacon to the topping. So glad you enjoyed the mac and cheese! Travels well. Easy to follow directions. I served it over Labor Day weekend when we barbecued. I made this recipe yesterday for a family gathering. It was delicious and the family loved it! I can’t recommend it enough! That way you’ll avoid overpowering* the other cheeses but still add a special touch. I remember him making homemade spaghetti sauce, he laughed when Ragu came out lol.. Can’t wait to try your recipe . Thank you SOOO much for stopping by!! Hope that helps! I wouldn’t change a thing, the recipe is perfect as is. Everyone said this is the best Mac & Cheese they ever had. Very easy directions to follow, turned out yummy!! I love it when the mac and cheese is oeey gooey and the cheese sauce is just so creamy. Good catch Doris! We cooked this! Our son doubled the recipe for our Mother’s Day lunch; was delicious!! Yes, Swiss will work in place of Gruyere. But I need your help please. It’s thick and gloppy. So glad you gave it a try! I changed some of ingredients, mainly for gluten allergies, but it was still breath taking. I love the addition of sausage! Have a spectacular weekend! Exactly Desiree – Don’t put the topping on until you are ready to bake. I’m sure it’s even better with gruyere. 100 people. Trish – How would I make it though, if I wanted a smaller portion? Is it 4 or 6 cups of shredded cheese. You need to shred it yourself for the best result. Thank you for experimenting with that. I made this for a mother day recipe and it was really easy and insanely good! Just let the casserole dish sit out at room temperature for awhile before popping it into the oven. Besides, it’s so fast to make, there’s not really a reason to freeze your macaroni and cheese. I’d love to know if it works out for you! That’s it though . This made the old-fashioned kind which has almost a custard-y texture around the noodles. I just made this and it was delicious….only thing, we all felt it was way yo much cheese. You sPrepare as instructed but don’t put the topping on until you are ready to bake. If so, does the bake time change. Hi just want to clarify if it’s 16oz of pasta after cooking or before cooking? I added all cheese in the sauce. Have a great week! I’ll confess, I used inexpensive alternatives to gruyere, and it turned out great. Making it again now 2 weeks later for a potluck with some friends. Thank you. I grated my 6 cups of cheese the night prior because I don’t have a KitchenAid. Let the casserole come to room temperature while you preheat the oven, and you will need to add some extra time for baking since it’s isn’t going into the oven warm. This is the third time making this. I did add a little mozzarella . Thank you so much for making the me such a hit. This post is sponsored by Walmart and SheKnows Media. Or BACON. The pre-shredded cheese is great for so many things but not macaroni and cheese. Sounds like an amazing dinner! Hello. Such a great idea! This was my first time making Mac and cheese from scratch and this recipe was simple and easy to follow. By Trish - Mom On Timeout October 22, 2018 Entree, Popular Post, Recipes. This was a definite make again it was sooo good. Your email address will not be published. Do you think it’ll be fine to prep the day before, refrigerate, then bake the next day? Definitely adding this recipe to our list of favorites Thanks for posting! Smooth, creamy and the crunchy breadcrumbs were spot on. I love Gruyere so I kept the recipe exactly as written. It tasted even better eating it as leftovers. Absolutely great recipe! Excellent. Thank you for the recipe. I am always, always looking for help in the kitchen and the Kitchen Aid Deluxe Stand Mixer is the answer. Absolutely the best. Excellent! BAKED MAC AND CHEESE. Can you confirm one thing – is it 16 oz of dry pasta, or 16oz of cooked pasta? ?‍♀️ I did reserve 2 cups (ish) for the layering effect. Ireland! I impressed myself making this. I am making for Easter dinner tomorrow. The BEST Mac & Cheese Ever! Everyone went for seconds and thirds! Will the panko brown and do I add more milk so it can cook for 4 hours? I add a touch of dry mustard and a pinch of cayenne pepper. I didn’t have to change anything about, my family love it specially my 4 years old. Excellent! Everything else the mac and cheese ever! Yes you sure can Andrew! There's a gluten free version on the site too if you ever need it! Bacon is one of our favorite add-ins to this recipe – so good! I wouldn’t do it more than a day, maybe two in advance Dana. A traditional mac and cheese. Yes, but don’t put the topping on until the day of and let the casserole dish sit out for a bit before baking. Hope you’re having a great week! We cut the recipe in half because there are only two of us. I need to look for the Gouda – that sounds amazing! You will still need to add a little time to baking. It’s just less rich and creamy that way. You could definitely try it with an egg Judy – it won’t hurt at all! The only addition I made was to add some dried mustard to the roux. Is it possible to make this recipe a day in advance or do you recommend the day of? I made it for the first time yesterday and couldn’t wait for leftovers today. Old Fashioned Southern Chicken and Dumplings. Definitely the best recipe out there. This looks like HEAVEN. I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe – we LOVE it! We’ve already used it to make the hash brown crust on this quiche too. I don’t want the consistency of the gluten-free pasta to mess up the recipe. I made this for a family dinner, and even the adults love it. It’s been my go to for months now, instead of the Panko crumbs, I make my own crumbs out of hawaiin rolls and it’s unbelievably delicious ???? loved this recipe! Its AMAZING!!! Absolutely yummy!!! Made this… Very full right now. Doesn’t it make such a difference? Thanks Shirl! I used no-fat milk and added Hormel chopped bacon. If you can’t find Gruyere, Jarlsberg Swiss cheese is the best substitute. Do not overbake!!!!! Just made this tonight and it is sooo good. 5 out of 5 stars. I’ll let you know how it turned out! This is now my go-to dish to bring to parties. Success! I would choose fat free or 1% milk and regular or light cream and light cheddar. Smallest addition, I add chives to panko mix. We loved this. We always have so much food, we all bring half of our dishes home but not this year- I felt Great!!! Could I put together day before and leave in fridge so I don’t have to defrost? OMG it was so good. For even more great ideas follow me on Facebook – Pinterest – Instagram – Twitter – Bloglovin’. That line is for another mac and cheese recipe that’s coming out next month. Needless to say when you grate cheese, you need only about half of what the block is, so I have a lot of cheese left over. Hope that helps! Hope that helps! So good. I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe! I also doubled the smoked Paprika in the topping because 1/4 tsp didn’t seem like enough. Ahhhhhhmazing…. Just prepare as instructed but don’t put the topping on until you are ready to bake. Thanks so much for sharing! Oh man, that is one lucky mistake lol! It’s so cheesy and I love the breadcrumb seasoning. Love it! Thank you! It was truly the best mac and cheese I have ever had. I took the casserole dish out of the refrigerator about 3 hours ahead so it could come to room temp. It has proven to be a crowd favorite! On. Hope that helps! Can you use heavy cream instead of heavy whipping cream ? Making this tonight for my Mac and cheese obsessed birthday girl. 1.5 cups was a liiiittle much. We had 9 people. Make sure to try this Lazy Day Lasagna and Cheesy Kielbasa Rice and Broccoli Skillet next week for dinner! Thank you for the idea! But for Mother’s Day I wanted bbq pulled pork, coleslaw and homemade Mac n cheese which is what I would have had at a restaurant if we could have gone to one! This is the “BEST” homemade Mac n Cheese recipe, ever! Next time will have to double it. BEST. I love hearing that! All Rights Reserved. Can this be made a few days ahead of time and cooked later? This was the question I was going to ask… made this recipe so many times and lived it! I got one noodle. Nice and simple n rich in flavor. Also love the spinach chicken parm! Thanks Again. Can I prep this a day in advance and then when ready to bake add panko and put in oven? I always use a combo of Gruyere, sharp cheddar and pepper jack. My husband says it’s the best Mac n cheese he’s ever had. I have made this for a couple parties now and it’s been a hit! Best mac n cheese recipe ever. It wasn’t super fast to make but was well worth it. Can I make the macaroni and cheese bake without the panko? So good and tons of complements. Hope that helps! Best Mac and cheese I’ve ever had! My husband and son absolutely loved it! This was a hit with my tiny family, amazing! So it didn’t continue to bubble as I did that, so I just kind of guesstimated when it was done/ ready for a lot of cheese. Have you ever made this in advance? Will it still turn out the same? Thank you SO much! Everyone liked it but there was still more than half left over. My family loved the mac and cheese. It also worked amazing on the carrots for the homemade carrot cake I made. Being a food blogger and mom means I’m in my kitchen a lot baking up goodies and whipping up amazing dinners like this homemade baked mac and cheese. In step 1, I recommend a 3 or 4 qt baking dish (9 x 13 works great! Cheese ratio was perfect! Now I have a question regarding the amount of pasta to the liquid…. thank you! Thank you for sharing this recipe. I was low on milk, so I used Pet Milk and some lower sodium chicken broth. Thanks for sharing. Thank you so much Christina! IT. Nothing, it’s the best comfort food around. Secondly, you recommend getting fresh cheese to shred so how much blocks of cheese is needed? Yes you can Tiffany! This was my first time making homemade mac-n-cheese. (2 cups is about 8 oz cheese). Soooo good. Also used crushed Ritz crackers in place of Panko. Served with garlicky green beans and steak. Yes it can! What took me so long? The eggs set up to create a firm casserole that you can slice into squares to … This is so cheesy, gooey, yummy in my tummy! Best mac and cheese ever, my family loved it and will do again! I substituted the heavy whipping cream for 1 cup milk + 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and I skipped the panko breadcrumbs because my boyfriend doesn’t like that on his mac and cheese. Add the flour and stir over medium heat until the mixture is lightly browned; 1-2 minutes. I used Monterrey jack instead of the Gruyere.And everyone absolutely raved on it ….the very best Mac and cheese they have EVER had. Wow. My kids have no patience for that so they always pop it in the microwave on reheat setting or at 50% power. Cover and chill the casserole. I have to make that happen ASAP, thanks Mike! This will be my go to every time! I think if I made this again I would try to half the recipe. I used 2% milk and light cream. Yummy! Do you just put it in the fridge until your ready to cook? II made this a year ago and it’s now our go-to M&C recipe. Happy Thanksgiving! Four Cheese Baked Mac and Cheese will forever be one of my favorite meals. Will definitely make again. Haha. I am just curious, because I was considering adding something to the mac and cheese before baking, but my usual go-to ingredients would have been meat – ham, chicken, bacon, etc… I am making this for a couple of vegetarians, so I’m trying to not be naughty and add bacon, or bacon fat, or…you get the idea. But I did everything else according to the recipe and it was awesome. Thank you! Hi Trish, Bravo. I sure hope you give this a try and please, let me know what you think in the comments below! Added a tiny bit of parm to the roux. JAKOB. Let the casserole come to room temperature while you preheat the oven, and you will need to add some extra time for baking since it’s isn’t going into the oven warm. Made this using hard cheddar, apple smoked gouda, and gruyere cheeses. You can also skip baking it if you want it super creamy and just put it under the broiler to brown the top (keep an eye on it) and then serve. Cook over medium-high heat until the sauce thickens and starts to bubble. Can I make this ahead and take to dinner somewhere else and bake it there? Super great job!!! I use the food processor to make quick work of shredding a cheddar block. My only question is, do you think I can make ahead and just reheat and add topping on the day of to save time or should this be served immediately? My husband loves it with the broccoli and scallions and when no leftover chicken, I use chunks of pepperoni. Love it. Hi Raie! Any tips on defrosting/baking it? We also cooked 10 slices of bacon and chopped them up to stir into the cheese sauce and macaroni… I highly recommend!!! I love how easy this recipe is. Thank you! Hey Trish, do you use salted or unsalted butter? Just prepare as instructed but don’t put the topping on until you are ready to bake. (Cook according to its label) Extra Grated cheese. Definitely have not tried adding tomatoes. Hope that helps! Hope that helps! We added chopped up crunchy bacon on top with the bread crumbs (turkey bacon). I was looking for recommendations on what GF flour did you use since I am trying to attempt making the GF version for a friend? Agree … you can use less cheese but yummy. Thank you for the recipe. Exactly Jennifer! And Happy New Year! -Try to choose a melting cheese and a flavor cheese for the best flavor and texture in your baked macaroni and cheese. Should I cut all the ingredients in half? I make a really good mac&cheese but i am so trying this recipe for this Thanksgiving! This has been my daughter’s requested birthday recipe for a few years now. It is a staple of our thanksgiving meal every year and they beg me to make it on the weekends as well! Thanks for the wonderful review! SO jealous! Copyright ©2020, Mom On Timeout. He always made dinners from scratch. Just phenomenal! Thank you very much for this wonderful recipe. To make baked macaroni and cheese, first cook the macaroni according to the directions on the package. It came out so perfectly and there was not a drop left. I had never made mac n cheese so I didnt know how much salt and pepper to use and I think I didn’t put enough Half and half would also work if you have it. Don’t get us wrong; we’re as fond of quick dinner ideas as you are, and on busy nights, stove top mac and cheese is the way to go. Don’t put the topping on until you are ready to bake. Just updated the recipe and deleted that line. Transfer half of the mac and cheese to a baking … So if you’re looking for the real deal, the old school baked macaroni and cheese the way your grandma might have made it–this is it. 1 cup? Hi Cara! Cover and chill. And sponsored by Walmart! How long should I cook it if I’m going to leave it in the fridge over night and cook the next day? Yes, you sure can. Sure Gary! The gruyere added that little earthiness and tang. You can always share on instagram and tag me @momontimeout! Two words: Ama Zing!!! Perfection. Thank you for this amazing recipe! Can I make the day before and bake the day of? Hope that helps! I just finished putting it together for dinner tonight, and it’s cheesy and delicious. I love that cobalt color – so pretty! It was perfect and easy to make! Do not over-cook, in fact, for best results cook one minute less than indicated time. How much is a serving? If you have a few minutes to bring it out and let it warm slightly before you bake it, do that. Do you think this recipe would work okay with gluten-free noodles? My daughter keeps asking to make it every other day. Just don’t put the breadcrumbs on until you’re ready to bake and let the mac and cheese sit at room temp while the oven is preheating. Prepare as instructed but don’t put the topping on until you are ready to bake. Hi, I’m going to make this for Thanksgiving but I only have 2% milk. I used only mild cheddar and parmesan for the cheeses. I made this for Father’s Day Bbq and was told by all it was the best they ever had!!! Brush a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with melted butter. Do you think this could be made the night before and heat the day. This is a great recipe!! Cover and chill. My thoughts? We have tried countless variations and all are delicious. We have our college kid home for summer, and we have her find new recipes to cook for us once a week to ensure she practices cooking unassisted {so she doesn’t starve when she graduates). Cover and chill. Fantastic dish. Can you make this ahead of time and refrigerate overnight and then bring to room temp before baking. That powdery cheese has no place on our Southern tables. Absolutely love this recipe!! I’ve made it a few times now and my boyfriend loves it too. This is hands down the best mac n cheese I have ever tasted. Also what stove top heating should I use under step 5? I made this last year for Thanksgiving and I have been asked multiple times if I am going to make it again. Cover and chill the casserole. So glad everyone love it! I spent too much time heating it up and although it was delicious it was a little dry. Thanks for this one! Cover and chill. Thank you so much for sharing!! Still not over it. I’m always astounded at how simple and delicious it is. So glad you love it as much as we do Nancy! I added extra Panko breadcrumbs And extra butter to the last step, with zero regrets. Had a lot leftover. Thanks! Your site is awesome by the way! I hate feeding it to my kids and I dare say that you hate it too. Thank you!! This mac and cheese recipe starts with a roux. So delicious! I made this yesterday for a family gathering it was a hit! Thank you so much. Hope that helps! Thank you again so much for sharing your delicious gastronomical talents with us. This sounds SO delicious! Make some garlic bread crumbs for the top if you want some crunch and throw those on. I’ve not tried the crockpot idea but I love it and think it would work. It turned out so creamy and cheesy everyone loved it. Thank you so much Rachel! my stomach is rumblinggggggg. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!! Making it the night before and freezing it. Print. Alternatively if the sauce could be made the day before and then mixed with the macaroni the day off and then baked. This is the first time I’ve made homemade Mac-n-cheese and it will definitely won’t be the last!! It’s crunchy on top and creamy and cheesy, but not too rich or heavy. I took a picture but I didn’t see a way to post it. Did add Evaporated milk, but followed the recipe to the letter otherwise. These look absolutely delicious! Enjoy! Welcome to my farmhouse kitchen where I teach you the practical strategies for comfort foods that nourish your soul and help you thrive with fewer junk ingredients. Can you use plain bread crumbs instead of panko. Let the casserole come to room temperature while you preheat the oven, and you will need to add some extra time for baking since it’s isn’t going into the oven warm. I’m keeping this recipe as my go-to recipe! And I 100% agree with the panko – it makes a big difference! But only baked mac and cheese recipes can deliver a cheesy, bubbly, oven-warmed pasta casserole at its comfort food best! SINCERELY, Just don’t put the breadcrumbs on until you’re ready to bake and let the mac and cheese sit at room temp while the oven is preheating. This recipe looks amazing. Any hints/ tips? Absolutely perfect and the best Mac & Cheese recipe I’ve tried. Or do you have anything other suggestions? I used all milk because I forgot to buy cream and it was still delicious. See more ideas about Cooking recipes, Food dishes, Recipes. I put an extra layer of shredded cheese before the panco crumb mix, I don’t like overly salted foods, so this was perfect for us. So glad you enjoyed the mac and cheese! I forgot to put the rating for this fabulous dish in my comment. I absolutely love this recipe. I used up all my old cheese from Christmas, didn’t measure just shredded up everything including some very ripe stilton. I out a spin on it to add some veggies and added onion and broccoli was still really good!! Was wonderful. While Mac and cheese isn’t considered the healthiest of foods, there is no denying that this good for the heart and soul. And I hate to break it to you, but there’s nothing real in that box either. OMG THIS SLAPS. Hubby is a believer. We use cheddar and Munster cheeses, shaved off the block. Such good Mac and cheese! I added ground beef, but other than that I followed it precisely. Leftovers become mac&cheese grilled sandwiches. But if you bake it covered, it shouldn’t dry up. I’ll admit, I used pre-grated cheese this year (frozen no less!) Also used a slice of malted grain bread dried out in the oven for the crumb topping. I don’t like Parmesan so I skipped that ingredient. In step 7 you are adding a total of 4 cups of cheese, and in step 9 you are adding the remaining 2 cups of cheese. I think i will try it with some sautéed onions next time. May blessing be with you and your family this holiday season! Hope that helps! When you are ready to bake, let the casserole come to room temperature while you preheat the oven, and you will need to add some extra time for baking since it’s isn’t going into the oven warm. To make ahead, cool the pasta and cheese sauce once they have been mixed together, cover with plastic wrap and chill until ready to bake. As I won’t have time the day of to making it wondering if it could be prepared the day before but then cooked the day of the party. I just made this recipe with gluten free noodles and added about 1/2 tsp of onion powder to the mix. I followed recipe exactly as written, except in last step I used chipotle flavored olive oil with the Panko and parmesan cheese topping in lieu of butter. I’ve always added panko to my pasta bake topping, but the paprika is a real gamechanger!! 80 MIN. I mix in Parmesan, butter, and paprika with the Panko so it crisps up beautifully and gets a nice golden brown color when this amazing homemade mac and cheese is baked. Hi making this for thanksgiving. Thank you so much Tasha! This really is the best mac n cheese recipe. Cheesy and the topping was an added bonus with the crunch. Serves 6-8. How about putting it together the day before? Any modifications needed if I wanted to serve it right out of the pot? Let the macaroni and cheese cool for about 10 minutes or until just cool enough to serve. A thicker dish like a 2 quart casserole will take 40 minutes. Hope that helps! This recipe hit a home run at the church potluck. Thank you! Thanks so much! YES. Can I make ahead? Thanks for this simple recipe without eggs. I think this recipe would be hard to ruin and can’t wait to try it at home with the cheeses it’s meant to have. I have used several recipes for Mac and Cheese. Great recipe. Whenever i cook this people say it’s better than any Mac n cheese they ever tried.. i are broccoli and bacon bits . Everywhere I take it, everyone asks who made the Mac and cheese…it’s the bomb. Can you freeze this and I used guda cheese. The best baked mac i’ve ever tasted ??? Soooo good!!! But it’s not just for shredding cheese you guys! This definitely lived up to its name! I just finished making a double batch and it came out fabulous. Love it! The red in the Mac and cheese – what is that? Absolutely! You can do that but you will need to add some cooking time since it will be chilled. The parm wasnt needed, but soooooo goooooood!!! Earth. I made two smaller casseroles to give away and one tiny one for us. A must try ! When you are ready to bake, let the casserole come to room temperature while you preheat the oven, and you will need to add some extra time for baking since it’s isn’t going into the oven warm.