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Easy Homemade Mac and Cheese with Toasted Breadcrumbs

  • Author: Maxine Dubois
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This Easy Homemade Mac and Cheese with Toasted Breadcrumbs contains elbow pasta, butter, milk, cheddar, gruyere, american cheese, flour and toasted bread.



For Mac 

  • 1 pound elbow pasta
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg 
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2.5 cups of cheddar, shredded
  • 3 oz plain cream cheese
  • 1 cup of gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup of American cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cups flour
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For breadcrumbs

  • 6 oz any type of bread, not too soft
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Melt 4 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat in a large stockpot. Whisk in the flour. Reduce heat to medium low and cook for 1 minute, continuously stirring. Gradually whisk in the milk and 2 cups of water, then stir in the macaroni. Increase to medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Stir frequently until al dente, 8-10 minutes. 
  3. While pasta is boiling make the bread crumbs. Tear up bread into pieces and pulse until fine. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in pan on medium-low, once foaming put in garlic until it smells fragrant. Throw in pulsed breadcrumbs and sprinkle with Parmesan until nice and crisp. This will take about 5 or so min. Set aside.
  4. Add the cream cheese, cheddar, gruyere, American, cayenne, onion powder, and nutmeg in the pot. 
  5. Add pasta and delicious goodness into 9x13 baking pan.  Top with the breadcrumbs and chopped parsley if you decide.  Bake for 15 min to 20 or until top is browned. 


  • Make as directed (but do not bake), transfer to baking dish and cool completely.  Cover tightly with foil and refrigerate 1-2 days ahead. Before baking, let dish sit on counter for 30 minutes.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 219
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Sodium: 251 mg
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 25 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 13 g
  • Cholesterol: 24 mg