Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Panko Crusted Baked Mac and Cheese

We have been having frigid temperatures here again.
Nothing keeps you warm like comfort food.
Especially mac and cheese.
Along with my carb obsession is cheese.
This is a perfect marrige!
We dodged the snow here in NY.
Thank goodness!
We are all so over it.
The flowers a up and blooming.
Mother Nature needs to let them be.
Hoping it gets warmer soon!

16 oz cavatappi macaroni
8 Tbsp butter
1 quart 2% milk
1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp dry mustard
pinch of nutmeg
1 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
1/2 lb Gruyere cheese
1 lb Cheddar Cheese
1 cup seasoned panko breadcrumbs


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Drizzle oil into a large pot of boiling salted water. Add the macaroni and cook according to the directions on the package, 6 to 8 minutes and drain. Set the macaroni aside.

Meanwhile, heat the milk in a small saucepan, but don't boil it. Melt 6 tablespoons of butter in a large (4-quart) pot and add the flour. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes, stirring with a whisk. While whisking, add the hot milk and cook for a minute or two more, until thickened and smooth. Off the heat, add the Gruyere, Cheddar, 1 tablespoon salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Add the cooked macaroni and stir well. Pour into a 3-quart baking dish.

Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, combine with the panko bread crumbs, and sprinkle on the top. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbly and the macaroni is browned on the top.


  1. Mac N' Cheese is one of my fave's, love the spin on it by adding panko crumbs.

  2. I have really been craving mac and cheese lately! I am stopping by from Inspire Me Wednesdays.

  3. That bowl of mac and cheese looks so inviting and comforting.

  4. I need this for dinner! Thanks for linking up with What's Cookin' Wednesday!

  5. This mac and cheese looks amazing!!! What a great idea to use panko on top!!!

  6. I love mac n cheese!! And this one looks and sounds DELICIOUS! Can't wait to try it out :) Hope you have a great week Rina!

  7. I love this recipe for your Panko Crusted Baked Mac and Cheese, it looks awesome! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again real soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. I love the crunchy panko topping and tangy gruyere cheese. Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

  9. Panko flakes... brillant idea... much lighter than regular bread crumbs. Great for such a typically heavy meal.

  10. Thank you for linking up to Tasty Tuesdays last week. As one of the co-hosts, I will be featuring your recipe on Tasty Tuesdays tomorrow on my site, Detours in Life. Congrats! Please stop by and grab a feature button when you get a chance.

  11. I was that you were featured on Tasty Tuesday, just stopping by to say hi and Congrats!

  12. I love the addition of worcestershire in mac & cheese!!