Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 45 mins

The ultimate comfort food by Toronto chef Michael Bonacini. Pair this with his Meat Loaf Muffins & a green veg for a "retro" dinner. You'll never eat Kraft Dinner again!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook macaroni in boiling salted water according to package directions.
  2. Drain& add a little butter to prevent sticking.
  3. Cover& put aside.
  4. Melt butter in a large saucepan over low to medium heat.
  5. Add flour& cook gently for 4- 5 mins.
  6. Add milk, mix well& allow to simmer for a few mins.
  7. Add cream, mix well& cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until sauce starts to thicken (about 10 mins).
  8. Add onion& bay leaf; continue cooking for another 15- 20 mins, stirring constantly.
  9. Remove from heat, remove bay leaf, stir in mustard& 1 1/2 cups of the cheddar, season with salt& pepper and stir well.
  10. Combine with macaroni in an ovenproof casserole dish.
  11. Sprinkle the rest of the cheddar over top.
  12. Combine bread crumbs, parsley& paprika and sprinkle over the top.
  13. Bake in a preheated 350F oven for about 15- 20 minutes or until light golden brown on top.


Most Helpful

i'd have given these a 5 but my onions never cooked- they tasted crunchy even after 20 mins of baking time. otherwise, we enjoyed this, and dd's dh etc, just pushed onions to the side. i did double the recipe and it went into a long pan and a round 2 qt casserole. cheesy creamy sauce. i will try this again, sauteing onions before adding more butter,the flour and the rest of the ingredients

chia May 02, 2003

This was good. I think I might use more cheese nextime, and not use the breadcrumbs. The boys in the house loved it however.

crazycookinmama June 05, 2005

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