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Ultimate Cheesy Macaroni and Cheese Casserole


Ultimate Cheesy Macaroni and Cheese Casserole


For the Pasta:

  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 1 tablespoon salt (for boiling water)

For the Cheese Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyère cheese

For the Topping:

  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  1. Cook the Pasta:
    • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
    • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
    • Add the elbow macaroni and cook until al dente, according to package instructions.
    • Drain the pasta and set aside.
  2. Prepare the Cheese Sauce:
    • In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
    • Whisk in the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes, until bubbly and slightly golden.
    • Gradually whisk in the milk, making sure there are no lumps.
    • Cook, stirring constantly, until the sauce thickens, about 5-7 minutes.
    • Stir in the garlic powder, onion powder, mustard powder, paprika, and black pepper.
    • Reduce the heat to low and stir in the cheddar, mozzarella, and Gruyère cheeses until melted and smooth.
  3. Assemble the Casserole:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked pasta with the cheese sauce, mixing until the pasta is evenly coated.
    • Pour the macaroni and cheese mixture into a greased 9×13 inch baking dish.
    • Sprinkle the cheddar, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheeses evenly over the top.
  4. Bake the Casserole:
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and bubbly.
  5. Serve:
    • Let the casserole cool for a few minutes before serving.
    • Enjoy the creamy, cheesy, and delicious macaroni and cheese casserole.

This ultimate cheesy macaroni and cheese casserole is perfect for family dinners, potlucks, or any gathering where comfort food is needed. Enjoy!

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