Crumb Topped Baked Mac and Cheese |

I got the recipe for this Crumb Topped Baked Mac and Cheese from my good friend Karen of the blog, “Just a Little Bite”, that was described as “A blog that shares recipes that are low carb, gluten free, and delicious!”

Mac and cheese is one of my favorite dinners, but it never fails to leave me feeling satisfied yet hungry. I love the way the rich flavors meld together when baked, but dairy is so hard on your digestive system. I used to just have plain mac and cheese made with milk, but I have recently discovered that there are alternatives that are just as delicious, if not more so. I came across a recipe for Mac and Cheese made with whole milk, and it’s fantastic! It’s creamy, rich, and full of goodness, and it’s also vegan if you use vegan milk.

The mac and cheese was easy enough. I mixed some whole wheat noodles with some elbow pasta, skimmed off some of the fat from the top of some Prego can of tomato sauce, added some butter to some Cheddar cheese, and mixed it all together. I was doing this for my husband, who loves mac and cheese, but he was busy shoveling his way through a whole cow of macaroni and cheese at a nearby dive-y Mexican restaurant. It was getting late, so I knew I didn’t have much time. I needed to get this done before he got home.. Read more about baked macaroni and cheese recipes and let us know what you think.


By definition, mac and cheese is a cold-weather comfort meal. This recipe’s crispy crumb topping and extra cheesey pasta will delight you. You’ll never go back to mac and cheese from a box after making Crumb Topped Baked Mac & Cheese!

Crumb Topped Baked Mac and Cheese

how to create a sauce using roux

A traditional and simple method to create a sauce is to start with a roux foundation. Begin by heating your pan over medium-high heat. Butter and flour should be added in equal amounts by weight. Cook the roux mixture until it becomes a tan color and has a nutty aroma. Because both the butter and the flour burn quickly, you’ll want to mix this constantly.

When the roux starts to have a nutty fragrance, remove it from the heat. Continue heating the roux until it becomes a dark tan color for richer sauces (this is used a lot in cajun cooking as it has more flavor).

Crumb Topped Baked Mac and Cheese

What causes mac & cheese to have a gritty texture?

If the sauce gets gritty, mac & cheese may go from delicious to disgusting in a matter of seconds. There are many reasons why this occurs.

  • Your sauce was overheated, causing the milk to curdle.
  • You didn’t fully cook the roux, and the flour is still raw.
  • You used the incorrect kind of cheese. Avoid crumbly hard cheeses and stick to cheeses that melt easily, such as cheddar.
  • You used dried-out store-bought cheese. For the best results, buy a block of cheddar and grate it yourself.
  • When the liquid was too hot, you put your cheese to it. To prevent curdling, keep the temperature below a simmer.

Crumb Topped Baked Mac and Cheese

What kind of cheese should I use?

In this recipe for Baked Mac & Cheese with Crumbs, I prefer to use a variety of cheeses, but my favorite is cheddar, which has a high melting temperature and melts quickly. Although sharp cheddar is preferable, a cheddar mix works well as well. To balance out the taste, I add a little of parmesan. Avoid using crumbly or extremely hard cheeses since they will melt differently and change the texture of the sauce.

Crumb Topped Baked Mac and Cheese

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Crumb Topped Baked Mac and Cheese

Crumb Topped Baked Mac and Cheese


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By definition, mac and cheese is a cold-weather comfort meal. This recipe’s crispy crumb topping and extra cheesey pasta will delight you. You’ll never go back to mac and cheese from a box after making Crumb Topped Baked Mac & Cheese!


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Time to Prepare: 10 minutes

45 minutes to prepare

55 minutes total




Course Description:

American cuisine



6 servings

calorie count: 917 kcal






Dish for Baking


Spoon Made of Wood


Dutch Oven Lodge




StandardMetric in the United States



  • 1 pound elbows, shells, or cavatappi (dried pasta)
  • Flour (12 cup)
  • 12 quarts milk
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tsp Mustard (Ground)
  • 2 c. sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup jack cheese
  • 1 cup bread crumbs (panko)
  • 3 tablespoons butter





  • Cook pasta according to package directions until it is al dente. Remove from the equation.

  • Melt butter in a big saucepan or dutch oven over medium heat. Stir in the flour until it is completely mixed. Cook until the flour is completely cooked and the roux has a nutty fragrance.

  • Slowly pour the milk into the roux mixture, whisking constantly until it is smooth and well combined. Toss in the half-and-half.

  • Season to taste with spices and salt and pepper.

  • Stir in the cheese until it is completely absorbed. Allow to cook for a few minutes until the sauce thickens.

  • Add the spaghetti to the sauce mixture and season to taste. Fill a baking dish halfway with the mixture.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  • In a saute pan, melt the butter and mix the bread crumbs to coat. Bake for 25-30 minutes after topping macaroni with bread crumbs. Allow to cool slightly before serving. Enjoy!



calorie count: 917 kcal 79g carbohydrate 31 g protein 53 g fat 33g Saturated Fat 151 milligrams of cholesterol 674mg sodium 449 mg potassium 3 g of fiber 6 g sugar 1789 IU Vitamin A 1 milligram of vitamin C 601 milligrams of calcium 3 mcg iron




Baked Mac & Cheese with Crumb Topping



Every year, I make the same mac and cheese recipe for Christmas Eve dinner. The same, simple, crumb topped baked mac and cheese. But it’s not the same every year. Every time I make it, I tweak it. And I’m not talking about adding spices or tomatoes or other seasonings. I’m talking about the cheese I use. Every year, I use the same type of cheese. But every year, I tweak it. And this year, I’m making two different cheeses to see which one will make the best mac and cheese.. Read more about old fashioned baked macaroni and cheese and let us know what you think.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you put panko on top of mac and cheese?

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What should I put on top of my mac and cheese?

You should put a layer of breadcrumbs on top of your mac and cheese.

Can I use panko breadcrumbs as a topping?

You can use panko breadcrumbs as a topping on your pizza.

Una is a food website blogger motivated by her love of cooking and her passion for exploring the connection between food and culture. With an enthusiasm for creating recipes that are simple, seasonal, and international, she has been able to connect with people around the world through her website. Una's recipes are inspired by her travels across Mexico, Portugal, India, Thailand, Australia and China. In each of these countries she has experienced local dishes while learning about the culture as well as gaining insight into how food can be used as a bridge between different cultures. Her recipes are often creative combinations of traditional ingredients from various different cuisines blended together to create something new.