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Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

I have seen Ina Garten’s recipe for baked macaroni and cheese online for years and I’ve always wanted to try it. My kids have been asking for mac & cheese lately so I decided to surprise them with this new version for dinner tonight. The combination of Gruyere and sharp white cheddar cheeses were wonderful together and I loved the extra flavor and juiciness the tomatoes added. My favorite part was the crisp butter bread crumbs on top – they made this whole dish extra special and super delicious. My kids were thrilled with this baked macaroni and cheese and it paired nicely with the pan-fried pork chops and tossed salad I served it with.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

How to Make Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Cook the macaroni in salted boiling water per package instructions until just al dente. Drain.

Make the cheese sauce while the pasta is cooking by heating 2 cups of milk in the microwave for 1 minute (or in a small saucepan over medium heat), until hot but not boiling. Heat 3 tablespoons of butter in a large saucepan over medium heat until melted. Add the flour and cook, whisking constantly, for 2 minutes. Slowly add the warm milk to the flour mixture while whisking. Cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes, until thickened and smooth. Off the heat, add the shredded Gruyere and sharp white cheddar cheese, and nutmeg. Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Mix until well combined and creamy. Add the macaroni and stir well. Pour into an 8-inch baking dish.

Make the bread crumbs by placing the French bread in a food processor and pulse until bread crumbs. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add the bread crumbs then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes, until evenly coated with the butter.

Place the sliced tomatoes on top of the macaroni and cheese then sprinkle the bread crumbs evenly on top.

Place into the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbly and the crumbs are golden brown on top. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Course: Main, Sides
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Author: Pam - For the Love of Cooking / Original by Ina Garten

Ingredients

  • 8 oz macaroni cooked per instructions
  • 2 cups milk warmed
  • 4 tbsp butter divided
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 2 cups Gruyere grated
  • 1 cup sharp white cheddar grated
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
  • 3 slices French bread pulsed into crumbs (3/4 cup)
  • 2 firm tomatoes sliced

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Cook the macaroni in salted boiling water per package instructions until just al dente. Drain.
  • Make the cheese sauce
    while the pasta is cooking by heating 2 cups of milk in the microwave for 1 minute (or in a small saucepan over medium heat), until hot but not boiling.
  • Heat 3 tablespoons of butter in a large saucepan over medium heat until melted.
  • Add the flour and cook, whisking constantly, for 2 minutes.
  • Slowly add the warm milk to the flour mixture while whisking.
  • Cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes, until thickened and smooth.
  • Off the heat, add the shredded Gruyere and sharp white cheddar cheese, and nutmeg.
  • Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Mix until well combined and creamy.
  • Add the macaroni and stir well.
  • Pour into an 8-inch baking dish.
  • Make the bread crumbs
    by placing the French bread in a food processor and pulse until bread crumbs.
  • Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter in a small skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the bread crumbs then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.
  • Cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes, until evenly coated with the butter.
  • Finish
    by placing the sliced tomatoes on top of the macaroni and cheese then sprinkle the bread crumbs evenly on top.
  • Place into the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbly and the crumbs are golden brown on top.
  • Serve immediately. Enjoy.
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8 Comments

  1. Looks delicious Pam and I like the addition of tomatoes to the M&C.

  2. Haven’t had this ultimate comfort food in ages..yours looks so darn good! Love that golden crisp topping.

  3. That’s a lot of cheese! I’m sure the tomatoes were terrific in your M&C. What a great way to start cooking for the fall.

  4. Tammy Anderson says:

    How would I make this without the bread crumbs? Sounds and looks delicious!

    1. Tammy,

      You can leave them off or use plain panko crumbs instead of bread crumbs.

      Pam

  5. i prefer my macaroni baked, but i’ve never added tomatoes–very interesting and definitely worth a try!