The Best Mac and Cheese Recipe You Will Ever Try

We’ve given you plenty of One Pot Meals, but this one is for the extra special effort when you have a big group on hand which will be duly impressed with the homemade flair you bring to the table with this People Pleaser!!


This delicious, creamy, homemade mac and cheese is going to be your new go-to favorite! With its rich and cheesy flavor, this dish is sure to please any palate. And best of all, it's easy to make! So next time you're looking for a comfort food fix, be sure to give this recipe a try.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American


  • 16 oz. Elbow Macaroni or Shells
  • 1 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 10 tbsp. Butter
  • 1/3 cup All Purpose Flower
  • 1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 4 cups sharp shredded chesse
  • 2 cups Gruyere Cheese Shredded
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1- 1.5 cups Panko Crumbs
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese Shredded
  • 1/4 tbsp. Smoked Paprika
  • 3 cups Whole Milk


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 3-4 quart baking dish.
  • Cook the pasta until al dente, drain, coat it with olive oil, and set aside.
  • To begin preparing the cheese sauce, melt 6 tbsp of butter in a sauce pan or dutch oven.
  • Whisk in flour gradually over medium low heat about 2 minutes to remove the flour taste.
  • Gradually add the milk and heavy cream until slightly thickened. Add salt and pepper.
  • Slowly add 3 cups of cheddar and 1 cup of gruyere and whisk until smooth and thick.
  • Stir in the cooked pasta.
  • In the baking dish, pour half of the pasta, the rest of the cheese, then the rest of the pasta.
  • In a bowl, mix panko, parmesan cheese, 4 tbsp melted butter, and paprika. Sprinkle it over the top.
  • Bake until golden and bubbly, about 30-35 minutes.
Keyword Mac & Cheese