Creamy Baked Macaroni and Cheese with a Crispy Panko Topping

Indulge in the ultimate comfort food with this creamy and cheesy baked macaroni, topped with a crispy panko crust. Perfect for a cozy night in or a crowd-pleasing side dish for your next gathering.

Prep Time 20 min Cook Time 30 min Rest Time 10 min Total Time 1 hr Difficulty: Intermediate Servings: 8 Calories: 500 Best Season: Suitable throughout the year



  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Butter a 9x13 inch baking dish.

  2. Cook the macaroni according to the package instructions, until al dente. Drain and set aside.

  3. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk until smooth, cooking for 2-3 minutes.

  4. Gradually whisk in the milk, stirring constantly, until the sauce is smooth and thickened. Add the Dijon mustard, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper to taste.

  5. Add the cheddar, Gruyere, and Parmesan cheeses, stirring until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth.

  6. Add the cooked macaroni to the cheese sauce and stir until well combined.

  7. Transfer the macaroni and cheese to the prepared baking dish.

  8. In a small bowl, combine the panko breadcrumbs and chopped parsley. Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture evenly over the macaroni and cheese.

  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown and the macaroni and cheese is bubbly.

  10. Let the macaroni and cheese cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup

Servings 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 500kcal
Calories from Fat 236kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 16g80%
Cholesterol 79mg27%
Sodium 587mg25%
Potassium 285mg9%
Total Carbohydrate 46g16%
Dietary Fiber 2g8%
Sugars 7g
Protein 20g40%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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