Panko Crusted Macaroni and Cheese

Published on Nov 24, 2013
Updated on Oct 29, 2018

Panko Mac N Cheese // Tried and Tasty

Panko-Crusted Macaroni and Cheese // The panko crumbs on this mac and cheese makes it a little extra yummy! | Tried and TastyI love, love, love macaroni and cheese!!! But only the homemade kind. Well, I take that back. I do like the Annie’s Brand. Their Shells and White Cheddar are my favorite. But anyway. I’m not here to talk about that. I’m here to tell you that this macaroni and cheese is yum-tastic! For Thanksgiving we always have this side dish along with the other traditional things. My mom, my aunts, and even my grandma are THE best macaroni and cheese makers and what kills me is they don’t even use a recipe! Do you know how hard it is to duplicate a recipe when there isn’t a recipe to follow? Well, this may not be anything like my family recipe BUT it is just as wonderful. Only different. There’s room for two great macaroni and cheese recipes in my book. Well, technically I don’t have the family recipe…but you get what I mean. Right?

Panko-Crusted Macaroni and Cheese // The panko crumbs on this mac and cheese makes it a little extra yummy! | Tried and Tasty

Panko Crusted Macaroni and Cheese

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Panko Crusted Macaroni and Cheese
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 647 kcal
Author: Yvonne

The bread crumbs add a little oomph to this Panko Crusted Macaroni and Cheese.

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb. elbow macaroni
  • 2 c. heavy cream
  • 2 c. whole milk
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 c. grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 c. grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • Course salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 c. panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tsp. grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Butter a 9x13 baking pan.  

  2. Bring 6 quarts of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente 9-10 minutes. Drain. 

  3. Combine the cream, milk, and cayenne in a large saucepan over medium-high heat and reduce by half, about 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low, add the cheddar and Jack cheeses, and whisk until well-blended. Season with salt and pepper.

  4. Add the macaroni and stir vigorously (being careful not to break the pasta). This will release starch and help to thicken the sauce. Pour or spoon pasta into prepared baking dish. 

  5. Combine the panko, parsley, and Parmesan and sprinkle over the pasta. Bake until bubbly and golden, about 15 minutes.

Recipe Notes

[My two cents]
You can use any kind of noodle you have, but my preference is elbow macaroni. That just seems right doesn't it? You could definitely lighten this recipe up a bit by using half-n-half instead of heavy cream and much less of it of course. You can also cut down the cheese and save some calories there. I probably should have done both of those - but sometimes you just want a dish with full fat!

Adapted from Newspaper clipping - "Macaroni and Cheese Recipes from Simple to Sublime" by Joan Schwartz (Villard,2001)

Nutrition Facts
Panko Crusted Macaroni and Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 647 Calories from Fat 351
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 39g 60%
Saturated Fat 24g 120%
Cholesterol 130mg 43%
Sodium 500mg 21%
Potassium 288mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 46g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 4g
Protein 25g 50%
Vitamin A 30.6%
Vitamin C 2.2%
Calcium 55.7%
Iron 9.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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