Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Garlic Butter Crumbs

Super creamy Baked Macaroni and Cheese is already the ultimate comfort food, but an easy Garlic Butter Crumb topping puts it right over the top! 

It’s hard to fathom that a dish such as Baked Macaroni and Cheese could be improved.

Surely all the avenues have been explored, all the modern marvels have been revealed, and it is no longer possible to elevate this classic comfort food beyond it’s current state of glory.

Super creamy Baked Macaroni and Cheese is already the ultimate comfort food, but an easy Garlic Butter Crumb topping puts it right over the top!

But let me ask you this:

Do you put Garlic Butter Crumbs on your mac ‘n cheese? Because if you don’t, you might as well be living in the stone age.

I actually got the idea for garlic butter crumbs on Macaroni and Cheese from the geniuses at the Los Feliz Messhall. I was there for a friend’s birthday party last month and I happened to try their Mac-N-Cheese. With garlic breadcrumbs.

Granted, you cannot possibly go wrong with garlic breadcrumbs. It’s also really great on shrimp and chicken and stick and everything else, but I’d never had them on macaroni and cheese.

Super creamy Baked Macaroni and Cheese is already the ultimate comfort food, but an easy Garlic Butter Crumb topping puts it right over the top!

It’s not a lot of work, either. You should already be adding a crunchy topping to your Baked Macaroni and Cheese (if you’re not, why are you baking it?), and stirring some garlic into the butter isn’t going to set you back much.

It also helps if you use outstanding cheese (I liken it to buying caviar: Buy the best cheese you can afford!). I used a mixture of Wisconsin Gouda and Wisconsin Grand Cru Reserve, an alpine-style cheese. So creamy, delicious, and flavorful! Use whatever cheeses you love and feel free to try different combinations.

Just don’t leave out the garlic butter crumbs!

Seriously, you’re going to be so excited about this when you make it. It’s extraordinary!

Super creamy Baked Macaroni and Cheese is already the ultimate comfort food, but an easy Garlic Butter Crumb topping puts it right over the top!

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Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Garlic Butter Crumbs

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 10 min

Super creamy Baked Macaroni and Cheese is already the ultimate comfort food, but an easy Garlic Butter Crumb topping puts it right over the top!

Ingredients:

  • Salt
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • ½ cup butter, divided, plus extra for buttering the dish
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 3 cups milk, hot
  • ½ pound shredded cheddar or gouda cheese
  • ½ pound shredded alpine-style or Monterey jack cheese
  • Hot sauce, to taste
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 2 ½ quart or larger casserole dish.
  2. Bring 4 quarts and 1 tablespoon salt to a rolling boil. Add macaroni and cook until just al dente, about 6 minutes. Drain well. Do not overcook and do not rinse macaroni.
  3. Return pot to stovetop. Over medium heat, melt 6 tablespoons butter until foaming. Whisk in flour and cook until bubbling but not browned, about 1 minute.
  4. Whisk in milk and bring to boil. Remove from heat and stir in cheeses until melted.
  5. Fold in macaroni and stir until uniformly combined. Season to taste with salt and hot sauce, if desired. Pour into prepared casserole dish.
  6. In a medium bowl, melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in microwave. Stir in garlic until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add breadcrumbs and toss until evenly coated.
  7. Pour breadcrumbs over macaroni. Bake until sauce is bubbling and breadcrumbs have browned, 30 to 40 minutes.

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11 comments

  1. This sounds delicioso!  I’ll definitely use the cheeses you suggestand and top with garlic breadcrumbs next time I make this. :-))

  2. I make this every year for Thanksgiving! It’s super easy and even gets a thumbs up from my picky middle school aged nephews who normally won’t touch macaroni that doesn’t come from a box!

    • It’s THE BEST! It’s always nice to make food that people love, no matter how old they are. :) Good for you! Thanks for your comment!

  3. Am I reading this right… 1 pound of cheese total? 

  4. Can this recipe be made ahead of time?

    • Hi Kathy, I think it would work just fine to make everything through Step 6 ahead of time. I’d hold off on baking it until the day you want to eat it. Then just add the breadcrumbs and bake! Thanks.

  5. Is the Gouda cheese and alpine style the best or is it just as good with montery and cheddar

    • Hey Jessica! I think Gouda and alpine-style is THE BEST. I should probably just take those other options off. I’m going to make it again with the cheddar and MJ and test it again and decide if they should stay on the list or be removed. Good question. Too many options on cheese is confusing.

  6. Hi Megan I have another question…how can you get 1/2 pound of Gouda when they only sell them in thin slices..lol how did you buy it..thank you have a blessed day

    • Hi Jessica! I have never even seen Gouda in thin slices, I have only seen it in the blocks. Have you checked the “fancy cheese” area? In my store it’s near the deli. That’s where they have a lot of crazy imported cheeses and stuff. You can find Gouda there. What store are you shopping at? Buying a half pound of gouda isn’t a problem if it’s in slices, but you won’t be able to shred it so THAT’S your biggest problem here. :) Please let me know where you are shopping and I’ll offer some better advice on getting Gouda. Or just ask at your store. But I’d still love to know! XOXO

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