Recipe courtesy of McCormick

Ultimate Mac and Cheese

This is America's favorite comfort food - tender macaroni, rich and cheesy sauce and a crisp crumb topping.
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  • Total: 1 hr
  • Prep: 45 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 15 Servings
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1 package (16 ounces) elbow macaroni

6 tablespoons butter

6 tablespoons flour

2 tablespoons McCormick® Mustard, Ground

1½ teaspoons McCormick® Black Pepper, Coarse Ground

1 teaspoon McCormick® Garlic Powder

1 teaspoon salt

4 cups milk

6 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

1½ cups panko bread crumbs

1 teaspoon McCormick® Paprika


  1. 1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Cook macaroni in large saucepan as directed on package for al dente pasta. Rinse under cold water; drain well.
  2. 2. Melt butter in same saucepan on medium heat. Sprinkle with flour and seasonings. Cook and stir 2 minutes or until well blended. Gradually stir in milk until smooth. Stirring constantly, cook 3 minutes or until sauce starts to thicken. Stir in cheese until melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Add macaroni; toss gently to coat. Pour into greased 13x9-inch baking dish. Mix panko and paprika; sprinkle evenly over top.
  3. 3. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown on top. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.