The BEST Homemade Baked Mac and Cheese

Kerrah Tate: "The best is right! Hands down best homemade mac n…" Read More


  • 16 ounces elbow macaroni (cooked, or other tubular pasta)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4 cups sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 2 cups gruyere cheese (shredded)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups panko crumbs
  • 4 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (shredded)
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika (or regular paprika)
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    Kerrah Tate 2 months ago
    The best is right! Hands down best homemade mac n cheese ever!! really delicious and the topping makes it even better!! Me new fave!!❤
    Emad Shaheen 2 months ago
    measure your portions and set aside ahead of time for a smoother cooking experience, but a bigger mess!
    Shelby H. 3 months ago
    So addictive. Seriously.
    Matt C 3 months ago
    This is good, makes way more than 4 servings. When I make this again in going to dial down the milk and add more cheese. The cheese on top with the big bread crumbs is the perfect topper though, it's perfect.
    Kara 3 months ago
    Amazing next time I want to add cubes of ham
    Wendy Heiting 3 months ago
    awesome. Best i ever had. My family couldnt get enough and enough for left overs
    Clive Gerada 3 months ago
    Really good, I missed the breadcrumbs but still great!
    Mama May 3 months ago
    Perfect! This was delicious and brought home and empty dish. My friends LOVED it. Next time will cook pasta a day early so it will be completely cold. Was easy to make and it helped to have all ingredients pre-measured. Will definitely make again!
    Harold Beagle 3 months ago
    This was hands down the best macaroni and cheese I’ve ever had. Easy to make and the taste was out of this world
    CHeuckP 3 months ago
    It was a thing of beauty coming out of the oven and we couldn't wait to dig in - which we did twice! Even with going back for seconds (there's only the 2 of us), there was a lot left. Great to feed a basketball team or have a fair amount of leftovers. Will definitely be making again.
    Marcia 4 months ago
    It was filling and my family loved it!
    Hannah Mills 4 months ago
    One of the best I have tried. I used Italian bread crumbs.
    Jayda 5 months ago
    After a week of dieting, I tried this out and it definitely is the best mac and cheese. Now I get requests to make it and mmmmm. I just bought the shredded cheese though; I didn’t have time to hand shred a block, but it still turned out great.
    Lindsey Aeverman 8 months ago
    great mac n cheese! I'll definitely make it again!
    Litza Gonzales 9 months ago
    I didn’t have any cheddar cheese at the time and used Kerry Gold’s dubliner cheese (as well as the Gruyere). I also made Italian meatballs and baked them while the pasta cooked. I layered them between the noodles and baked as directed. It came out good but tasted more like an Alfredo sauce. I plan to make my future batches with real cheddar. :)
    Norene 9 months ago
    Man. I thought it was delicious! Fur sure will make again.
    Mary Ayers 9 months ago
    this has got to be the hardest recipe for mac and cheese that I have ever come across the outcome sure wasn't worth the time nor cost to make it
    Julia T. 9 months ago
    this was amazing, I subbed swiss because my local very small food mart was out of gruyere cheese and still it was great!