baked mac and cheese

Baked Mac and Cheese

Welcome to the best Baked Mac and Cheese on the Internet! This cheesy goodness is creamy, flavorful and finished with a delicious breadcrumb topping.

Prep: 20 minutesCook: 20 minutesTotal: 40 minutes
Fat 22 Carbs 55 Protein 14
Yield 8


  • 1 lb. macaroni noodles
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups 2 % milk
  • 3 cups Wood River Creamery Herbs de Provence Cheddar Gruyere Cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic (or garlic powder)
  • 12 tablespoons buffalo hot sauce (we used Franks)

Breadcrumb Topping

  • 1/3 cup Wood River Creamery Herbs de Provence Cheddar Gruyere Cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter


  1. First, preheat the oven to 350ºF and spray a large casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Next, bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the uncooked macaroni noodles and salt to the water and stir.
  3. Let pasta cook until it’s just under al dente so that they are a little crunchy. They will continue cooking in the oven. Strain noodles and set aside.
  4. Next, prepare a roux by heating a large pot or dutch oven over medium/high heat. Add butter.
  5. When the butter is melted add flour and whisk until the butter and flour form a crumble.
  6. Slowly add milk to the pot, whisking constantly. Continue to whisk the roux over medium/high heat for about 4-6 minutes or until the roux thickens.
  7. When the roux is thick, remove from heat and add the cheddar gruyere cheese. Whisk until the cheese has melted.
  8. Transfer the cooked macaroni noodles to the casserole dish and spread out evenly. Then, pour the cheese sauce on top, add hot sauce, and mix to combine.
  9. Next, prepare breadcrumb topping by mixing together shredded cheese and breadcrumbs. Then, add in melted butter and mix again.
  10. Sprinkle breadcrumbs on top of mac and cheese in the casserole dish, making sure everything is covered.
  11. Bake at 350ºF for around 20 minutes or until the top turns golden brown.
  12. Top with fresh parsley and enjoy!

Tips & Notes

*Wood River Creamery cheese comes in blocks, so you’ll need to shred the cheese for this recipe. One block of Wood River cheese = approx. 2 cups shredded cheese. Learn how to shred cheese HERE.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/8 Calories: 472 Sugar: 5 Sodium: 937 Fat: 22 Carbohydrates: 55 Fiber: 1 Protein: 14 Cholesterol: 70
Author: Lee FunkeCategory: Lunch and DinnerMethod: OvenCuisine: American

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