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Crouton Topped Macaroni and Cheese

A delicious addition to any meal.

Crouton Macaroni and Cheese

This is one of those less-is-more recipes that’s super simple to make with a handful of basic ingredients and it tastes heavenly.

This macaroni and cheese has a crouton topping that’s the perfect complement to the macaroni and cheese because it’s light and crispy.

This recipe is highly adaptable, if more cheese is preferred feel free to add more or perhaps a different type of cheese may be preferred.

And if you like macaroni and cheese on the moist side, more milk can also be added.

This makes a delicious side dish for any day of the week.

Here are more side dishes you may like “Potato Salad with Egg“, “Homestyle Elbow Macaroni Salad” and “Baked Herb and Parmesan Potato Slices“.

For a heartier main dish, cooked leftover meat can also be added to this macaroni and cheese such as ground beef, smoked sausage or pulled pork.

Here’s a recipe with macaroni and cheese combined with ground meat you may like “Sloppy Joe Macaroni and Cheese“.

Let’s check out the ingredients.

Macaroni and Cheese Ingredients

For the Pasta – elbow macaroni, water and salt

For the Cheese Sauce – butter, flour, milk, pepper, shredded white cheddar cheese

For the Macaroni and Cheese Mixture – firmly cooked (al-dente) macaroni, cheese sauce and salt

For the Toppings – day-old sandwich bread (white or wheat), butter and white cheddar cheese

printable recipe with the measurements and instructions is located at the bottom of this post.

Here’s how to make it.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

For the Pasta:

Boil Macaroni in Pot

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil and add the pasta.

Cook until al-dente (according to package instructions).

Pasta in Colander

Drain pasta (don’t rinse the pasta).

TIP – Don’t rinse the pasta after cooking it.  When pasta is rinsed, the starch is removed.

The starch on pasta helps to hold and absorb the cheese sauce so it’s important to keep the starch on the pasta.

Transfer the cooked pasta in a large mixing bowl and set aside.

For the Cheese Mixture:

Butter in Pan

In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.

Butter and Flour in Pan

To the pan add the flour and continuously stir until the mixture starts to thicken.

Sauce for Macaroni and Cheese

To the pan, add 1 cup of milk and continue stirring.

Sauce for Macaroni and Cheese

Add the 2nd cup of milk, and pepper.

Continue to stir.

Cheese in Sauce for Pasta

Next, slowly stir in the shredded cheese…

Cheese in Sauce for Pasta

…until its melted.

For the Macaroni and Cheese Mixture:

Sauce on Pasta in Bowl

In the large mixing bowl, pour the warm cheese mixture over the pasta.

Gently mix well as the cheese mixture will be absorbed into the pasta quickly.

Add more pepper if you like and salt to taste.

Macaroni and Cheese in Dish

Transfer the macaroni and cheese mixture into a lightly greased (buttered) large baking casserole dish…

Macaroni and Cheese in Dish

…or multiple smaller serving oven-proof dishes if preferred.

Set  aside for a moment.

For the Crouton Topping:

Bread Pieces in Bowl

In the bowl that the pasta was mixed in, place the pieces of bread.

Season Pieces of Bread

Mix in the melted butter (or instead 2 to 3 tablespoons of olive oil can be used).

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Croutons on Macaroni and Cheese

Place the pieces of bread over the pasta and top with the remaining shredded cheese.

Croutons on Macaroni and Cheese

Bake in a preheated oven until bubbly and golden brown (about 30 minutes).

Serve while warm.

Crouton Macaroni and Cheese

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More Pasta Recipes You May Like:

Easy Macaroni and Cheese with Cavatappi Pasta

Browned Butter and Lemon Pasta with Bacon

Linguine with Tomato Cream Sauce

Green Chili Macaroni and Cheese

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Crouton Macaroni and Cheese

Crouton Topped Macaroni & Cheese

A delicious addition to any meal.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Course: Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Macaroni and Cheese, Pasta
Servings: 6

Ingredients

For the Pasta:

  • 1 package (16 ounces) elbow macaroni pasta
  • Water for boiling the pasta
  • 3 dashes salt for the boiling water

For the Cheese Sauce:

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 dashes ground black pepper
  • 1-1/2 cup shredded white cheddar cheese for the macaroni and cheese mixture

For the Macaroni and Cheese Mixture:

  • warm cheese sauce
  • Cooked elbow macaroni firmly cooked (al-dente)
  • 4 dashes salt or to taste

For the Crouton Topping:

  • 7 slices day-old sandwich bread (crust on) (white or wheat) torn into small pieces
  • 4 tablespoons butter melted (or can use 2 to 3 tablespoons of olive oil)
  • 1/4 cup shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 2 dashes salt or to taste
  • 2 dashes ground black pepper or to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

For the Pasta:

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil and add the pasta. Cook until al-dente (according to package instructions).  Drain pasta (don't rinse the pasta).
  • Don’t rinse the pasta after cooking it. When pasta is rinsed, the starch is removed. The starch on pasta helps to hold and absorb the cheese sauce so it’s important to keep the starch on the pasta.
  • Transfer the cooked pasta in a large mixing bowl and set aside.

For the Cheese Sauce:

  • In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and continuously stir until the mixture starts to thicken. 
  • To the pan, add 1 cup of milk and continue stirring. 
  • Add the 2nd cup of milk, and pepper.  Continue stirring and slowly stir in the cheese until it's melted.

For the Macaroni and Cheese Mixture:

  • In the large mixing bowl, pour the warm cheese mixture over the pasta. 
  • Gently mix well as the cheese mixture will be absorbed into the pasta quickly. Add more pepper if you like and salt to taste. 
  • Transfer the macaroni and cheese mixture into a lightly greased (buttered) large baking casserole dish (or multiple smaller serving oven-proof dishes if preferred).  Set  aside for a moment.

For the Crouton Topping:

  • In the bowl that the pasta was mixed in, place the pieces of bread.  
  • Mix in the melted butter (or instead 2 to 3 tablespoons of olive oil can be used).  Add salt and pepper to taste.  
  • Place the pieces of bread over the pasta and top with the remaining shredded cheese. 
  • Bake in a preheated oven until bubbly and golden brown (about 30 minutes). 
  • This is best when served right away while warm.

Notes

TIP:

  1. Don’t rinse the pasta after cooking it. When pasta is rinsed, the starch is removed. The starch on pasta helps to hold and absorb the cheese sauce so it’s important to keep the starch on the pasta.
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