- 2 cups elbow macaroni uncooked
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons flour
- ½ teaspoon dry mustard powder
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 cups milk
- 2 ounces cream cheese
- 2 cups freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese divided
- Salt & pepper to taste
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan
- ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs
- 1 tablespoon butter melted
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley or 2 teaspoons fresh minced
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Cook macaroni to al dente in salted water, according to package directions. Drain pasta into a large colander and set aside.
Melt butter in the pot over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour, dry mustard and garlic powder and cook for several minutes, stirring often, until lightly golden; 2-3 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat milk in a microwave safe bowl for 1 minute. Pour into the flour mixture. Whisk often as it comes to a simmer. Do not boil. The sauce will thicken as it simmers; about 5 minutes.
Stir in cream cheese until melted.
Remove from heat and add cheddar cheese, stirring constantly until completely melted. Stir pasta into the cheese sauce.
Spray a 12-count muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray. Spoon mac and cheese evenly into the cups.
In a small bowl, stir together Parmesan, breadcrumbs, parsley and melted butter. Sprinkle on top of pasta and press down lightly.
Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes or until the tops are golden and crispy. Cool 5 minutes before transferring to a serving platter.
Storage: Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2-3 days.
Freezing: I don't recommend freezing because the structure doesn't hold up well and the pasta tends to absorb some of the moisture.
Reheating: These are delicious cold, but you can reheat in the oven or microwave. If reheating in the microwave, do so gently to avoid them breaking apart.
Serving: 1pieceCalories: 227kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 11gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 196mgPotassium: 145mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 342IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 222mgIron: 1mg
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