No-Boil Mac and Cheese

Did you know you can make mac and cheese without boiling noodles? Here's how! Recipe by Half Baked Harvest.

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  • Minutes Total
  • 8 Recipe Yield
  • Gather ingredients and preheat oven to 400°F. Spray a baking dish with nonstick spray.
  • Add the pasta and about 1 cup of cheddar cheese to the prepared baking dish, set aside.
  • Melt 4 tablespoons butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add flour, whisking constantly, for about 2 minutes. Whisk in milk and 1 1/2 cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook, whisking often, until a very thin, glossy sauce forms, about 10 minutes. Stir in the mustard powder, cayenne pepper (if using), salt and pepper. Remove the sauce from the heat. Stir in the remaining 2 1/2 cups of cheddar cheese until smooth.
  • Pour the sauce over the pasta, stirring to coat. The pasta should be submerged in the sauce. Cover with foil and bake until pasta is almost tender, about 25 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, wipe your same sauce pot clean, then add remaining 4 tablespoons melted butter. Add garlic and breadcrumbs, toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper. If desired you can toast the crumbs over medium heat for 4-5 minutes until fragrant.
  • Remove the pasta from the oven and remove the foil from dish. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup havarti cheese, then the breadcrumb mixture. Bake until pasta is tender, edges are bubbling, and top is golden brown, about 10-20 minutes longer. Let sit 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with parsley if desired.

No Boil Mac and Cheese Ingredients

  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 3 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 4 1/2 cups milk (I use 2%)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 tspn mustard powder
  • 1/4 tspn cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1/2 tspn salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded havarti cheese
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 clove garlic minced or grated
  • 1 cup Progresso™ panko crispy bread crumbs or Progresso™ plain bread crumbs
  • Parsley, chopped (for garnish)

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