Baked Macaroni and Cheese With a Crumb Topping

READY IN: 1hr 25mins




  • Preheat the oven to 350°.
  • Lightly butter a 2 1/2 quart baking dish.
  • Bring a large pot three-fourths full of salted water to a boil.
  • Add the macaroni, stir well, and cook for about 6 minutes.
  • The macaroni will still be quite al dente; it will cook further in the oven.
  • Do not overcook; drain thoroughly.
  • While the pasta is draining, return the pot to the stove, add 4 tablespoons of the butter, and melt over medium heat.
  • Whisk in the flour and reduce the heat to low.
  • Let the flour mixture bubble, whisking occasionally, without browning, for 2 minutes.
  • Gradually whisk in the hot milk, raise the heat to medium, and bring to a boil.
  • Remove from the heat, add the cheeses, and stir until the cheeses are melted.
  • Return the macaroni to the pot and stir well.
  • Season to taste with salt and hot pepper sauce.
  • In a small saucepan, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat.
  • Spread the macaroni evenly in the prepared baking dish.
  • Sprinkle the top with the bread crumbs.
  • Drizzle the melted butter evenly over the crumbs.
  • Bake until the sauce is bubbling and the top is browned, about 40 minutes.
  • Serve hot, directly from the baking dish.