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Baked Macaroni & Cheese

Baked Macaroni & Cheese

This hearty three-cheese baked macaroni classic will satisfy all of your comfort food cravings. We love serving with a salad for dinner or as a new Thanksgiving side dish.

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30 min
Prep Time
1 hr 10 min
Total Time


1 pound (16-ounces) uncooked dried elbow macaroni

1 Half Stick (1/4 cup) Land O Lakes® Butter

1 medium (1 cup) onion, coarsely chopped

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)

4 cups milk

12 slices (3/4-ounce) Land O Lakes® Deli American, roughly chopped

8 ounces (2 cups) shredded Cheddar cheese

8 ounces (2 cups) shredded smoked Gouda cheese


1 cup (about 1 sleeve) crushed buttery round crackers

2 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter with Canola Oil, melted

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 350°F. Generously butter 12x8-inch (2 1/2 - 3-quart) casserole dish.

  2. STEP 2

    Cook macaroni to al dente according to package directions; drain. Set aside.

  3. STEP 3

    Melt 1/4 cup butter over medium heat in large stockpot. Add onion; cook 5 minutes or until softened. Add flour, smoked paprika, pepper, salt and cayenne; cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Slowly whisk in milk; cook until mixture is bubbling around edges. Fold in cheeses; continue cooking until cheese is melted. Stir in cooked macaroni.

  4. STEP 4

    Combine crushed crackers and melted butter in bowl until coated.

  5. STEP 5

    Spoon macaroni and cheese into prepared casserole dish; sprinkle evenly with cracker mixture. Place casserole dish on baking sheet in oven. Bake 30 minutes or until topping is golden brown and edges are bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition (1 serving)

570 Calories
32 Fat (g)
18 Cholesterol (mg)
840 Sodium (mg)
46 Carbohydrates (g)
0 Dietary Fiber
24 Protein (g)
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