Grown Up Macaroni & Cheese

READY IN: 55mins
Recipe by CountryLady

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!!

Top Review by chia2160

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

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.

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