Meal Kit

Ultimate Baked Mac and Cheese

With Sharp Cheddar Cheese and Buttery Bread Crumbs

Prep & Cook Time: 30-40 min.

Difficulty Level: Easy

Spice Level: Mild

Cook Within: 7 days

Contains: Milk, Eggs, Wheat

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  • Vegetarian

Topping the list of one of the most beloved comfort foods of all time, a Mac and Cheese done right is a thing of true beauty. Treat yo'self with our decadent baked version, which starts with a quality roux made from sharp cheddar cheese, butter, and sautéed onions, slathered over al dente elbow macaroni. Then we bake it up with buttery panko breadcrumbs so it's crispy and oh so gooey. You'll want to add this easy recipe to your repertoire – it’s especially perfect for those rainy days when you need a cozy culinary pick-me-up.

In Your Box (serves 2)

  • Info
    10 oz. Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
  • Info
    8 oz. Elbow Macaroni
  • 1 Yellow Onion
  • Info
    2 cups Panko Breadcrumbs
  • Info
    1⅘ oz. Butter
  • Info
    ⅘ oz. Flour
  • 4 Parsley Sprigs
  • 1½ tsp. Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Mustard Powder
  • Info
    16 fl. oz. Low-Fat Milk

Due to our just-in-time sourcing model, we may have to send you a substitute ingredient. Not to worry! We make sure every ingredient sent to you meets our high quality standards. We’ll keep you informed should a switch occur, so please check the ingredient labels in your meal bag.

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Recipe Steps

You Will Need

  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 Small Oven-Safe Casserole Dish
  • 1 Large Pot
  • 1 Medium Pan
  • 1 Medium Pot

Cooking Guidelines

To ensure food safety, the FDA recommends the following as minimum internal cooking temperatures:

  • Steak and Pork 145° F (rest cooked meat, 3 minutes) |
  • Seafood 145° F |
  • Chicken 165° F |
  • Ground Beef 160° F |
  • Ground Turkey 165° F |
  • Ground Pork 160° F
  1. 1

    Prepare the Ingredients

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a casserole dish with olive oil. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Peel and cut onion into a fine dice. Rinse and finely chop the parsley.

  2. 2

    Cook Pasta and Prepare Breadcrumbs

    When water's boiling, add macaroni to the pot. Cook until al dente and then drain.

    In a medium pan, melt 1 Tbsp. of butter over medium heat. Once warm, add breadcrumbs and completely coat with melted butter. Cook 3-4 minutes, or until browned and toasted. Remove from pan until ready to assemble mac and cheese.

  3. 3

    Prepare Cheese Sauce

    While pasta is boiling, melt remaining butter in separate pot. Whisk in the flour and mustard powder and stir for about five minutes to create a roux. Stir until it's free of lumps. Stir in milk, ½ cup of water, diced onion, and paprika. Simmer for ten minutes. Stir in ¾ of the cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste.

  4. 4

    Assemble and Bake the Mac

    Fold macaroni into the sauce, ensuring it's completely coated. If more viscosity is needed, slowly add ½ cup of water as needed. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour mac and cheese into the greased casserole dish. Top with breadcrumbs and remaining cheese. Place in oven to bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and rest for five minutes before serving.

  5. 5

    Plate the Dish

    Ladle a serving of mac and cheese onto a plate. Garnish with a crack of fresh black pepper and parsley.

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