Macaroni and Cheese


Potluck recipes- as promised!

My approach to potlucks has changed over the years. Previously, I would use the party goers as my guinea pigs to try new recipes I found interesting. However, after many failed dishes, I’ve changed my strategy and have tried to hone in on a few signature dishes that work well in any crowd. For desserts, it’s usually my Peach and Raspberry Crisp, but when I want to bring something savory, I like this Macaroni & Cheese recipe that I made a few small changes to from AllRecipes. I like my Mac & Cheese to have a little bite, so I don’t skimp on the dry mustard and prefer to use an extra sharp cheddar. We’ve used this recipe as a base and have added bacon, peas, even a little cayenne pepper for a kick. Enjoy!

Recipe: Macaroni and Cheese


  • 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 8 ounces macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups shredded extra sharp Cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease a 2-quart casserole dish.
  3. Place the panko crumbs into a small bowl and mix well with the melted butter; set aside.
  4. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.
  5. Add macaroni and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain, then place into prepared casserole dish.
  6. While the pasta is cooking, melt 2 tablespoons butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
  7. Stir in the minced onion and cook until the onion softens and turns translucent, about 5 minutes.
  8. Stir in the flour, salt, pepper and dry mustard until incorporated, then pour in the milk and bring to a simmer.
  9. Simmer, stirring constantly until the milk has thickened, about 10 minutes.
  10. Take the milk off of the heat and stir in the Cheddar cheese until melted.
  11. Pour cheese sauce over the macaroni, then sprinkle evenly with buttered bread crumbs.
  12. Bake until the top is golden and bubbly, about 20 minutes.
  13. For an extra crispy top, broil for a few minutes, but we keep a close eye on it so it doesn’t burn.
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