Simple and Delicious Mac 'n' Cheese

"I've been working on a good mac and cheese recipe for a while and I'm pretty sure this is the best I've ever made. I use cavatappi pasta, but you can use any shape you have on hand. It's really easy and a great winter super... Enjoy!!"
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  • 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
  • pepper
  • 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.

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  1. Great mac and cheese that is so easy to put together. My DH who isnt a big fan even enjoyed it. Love the cheese combination and I used skim milk, shell pasta, and Panko instead of breadcrumbs. Nice flavor, crunchy topping, and went nicely with our grilled burgers. Made and reviewed for Pick a Chef Spring 2010.
  2. This was great and very easy. I suspect we might have used too much pasta -- we weighed out 16 oz of elbow noodles, which was all we had onhand. Still, I caught my husband getting out of bed and sneaking bites out of the leftovers in the middle of the night, it was so good.


I am a mommy to the coolest 6 year old around!! I am currently the director at a daycare where I have worked for 10 years. I love to cook for my family and I'm always up for trying new recipes, although I HATE measuring so desserts are not my strong suit!!
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