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Baked Mac & Cheese

In my kitchen, Trader Joe’s mini macs take the spotlight. Cooked to perfection, they become the canvas for a cheesy masterpiece. A blend of Italian shredded creates a creamy sauce that envelopes the macs. The ensemble moves to a baking dish, crowned with a golden-brown layer of breadcrumbs. Under the oven’s watchful eye, the breadcrumbs crisp up, adding that perfect crunch.

Served up, it’s a symphony of textures—creamy, cheesy, and delightfully crispy. This isn’t just a dish; it’s my twist on mac and cheese, a personal touch to elevate a classic.

Baked Mac & Cheese

Creamy mini macaroni baked with a rich blend of Italian cheese, topped with golden-brown breadcrumbs for a crispy finish.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword baked mac n cheese, baked pasta, Broiled macaroni and cheese, Butter and flour roux, Cheese sauce, comfort food, mac and cheese, mac n cheese, Macaroni and cheese recipe, Mini macaroni
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2


  • 1 cup uncooked mini macaroni
  • 1 tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup Italian cheese blend
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp paprika optional, for extra flavor
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder optional
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs for topping


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Cook the mini macaroni according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  • In a saucepan, roast 1 tbsp of whole wheat flour over low heat.
  • Gradually whisk in 2 cups of milk to avoid lumps. Continue to whisk and cook until the sauce thickens.
  • Add 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper, paprika, and garlic powder (if using). Mix well.
  • Reduce heat to low and stir in 1/2 cup shredded cheese blend until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth.
  • Add the cooked mini macaroni to the cheese sauce. Stir until the macaroni is well coated with the cheese sauce.
  • Transfer the macaroni and cheese mixture to a greased baking dish. Sprinkle 2 tbsp shredded cheese (optional) and 1/4 cup breadcrumbs evenly over the top.
  • Place the baking dish under the broiler for 2-3 minutes, or until the breadcrumbs are golden brown and the top is crispy. Keep a close eye to prevent burning.



Remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving.


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