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Best Ever Macaroni & Cheese

Best Ever Macaroni & Cheese

This favorite macaroni and cheese recipe is baked until bubbling for a soothing and satisfying supper.

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20 min
Prep Time
40 min
Total Time



2 cups uncooked dried elbow macaroni


1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 cups Land O Lakes® Half & Half

1/2 teaspoon salt

10 (3/4-ounce) slices Land O Lakes® Deli American, quartered


1/2 cup dried bread crumbs

1 tablespoon Land O Lakes® Butter, melted

1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 350°F.

  2. STEP 2

    Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain.

  3. STEP 3

    Melt 1/4 cup butter in 3-quart saucepan until sizzling; stir in flour. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 1 minute or until smooth and bubbly. Add half & half and salt. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, 3-4 minutes or until sauce is thickened.

  4. STEP 4

    Reduce heat to low; stir in cheese. Cook 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Add cooked macaroni; mix well. Spoon into ungreased 2-quart casserole.

  5. STEP 5

    Stir together all topping ingredients in bowl; sprinkle over top of macaroni mixture. Bake 20-25 minutes or until heated through and golden brown.

Tip #1

For a added flavor, stir in 3 ounces cubed cream cheese and 1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard into the sauce.

Nutrition (1 serving)

500 Calories
32 Fat (g)
90 Cholesterol (mg)
880 Sodium (mg)
37 Carbohydrates (g)
2 Dietary Fiber
15 Protein (g)
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