Simple and Delicious Mac 'n' Cheese

Recipe by coffy_bean
READY IN: 25mins
SERVES: 6-10


  • 1
    (16 ounce) box cavatappi pasta, if you use a smaller pasta, use 3/4 of the box
  • 2
    cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 12
    cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 2
    cups milk, i recommend measuring it out and letting it warm up on the counter for a few minutes so it doesn't s
  • 14
    cup flour
  • 14
    cup butter, half a stick, preferably softened but not necessary
  • breadcrumbs (optional)


  • cook pasta according to box directions and preheat oven to 350.
  • while pasta is cooking, melt butter in a medium sauté pan. once melted stir in flour and pepper.
  • whisk flour until incorporated and bubbling.
  • slowly add milk. stir often until milk begins to thicken and bubbles form.
  • turn off heat and add 1/4 cup of parmesan and 1 1/2 cups of the cheddar cheese. whisk until combined.
  • gently fold in cooked pasta and transfer to a baking dish, i typically use an 8x8 casserole.
  • top with reserved parm and cheddar cheeses and dust lightly with bread crumbs.
  • bake until lightly toasted on top.