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Elbows Mac & Cheese Traditional

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Elbows Mac & Cheese Traditional

16 minutes total

  • Moderate
  • Traditional

Mac and cheese is one of the most popular comfort foods in the world. It's creamy, cheesy, and filled with that comforting pasta-y goodness. To take your mac and cheese recipe to the next level, we've got a recipe that includes a secret ingredient: toasted breadcrumbs. These breadcrumbs will add a crunchy texture to the dish, making it even more irresistible.



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Serves 4

For the Breadcrumbs

1 Cup Panko breadcrumbs
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons butter
1 Tablespoon garlic, minced
1 Teaspoon fresh parsley, chopped

For the Macaroni & Cheese

1 Box Barilla® Elbows pasta
2 Cups heavy cream
1 Cup white cheddar cheese, grated
¾ Cup Monterey Jack cheese, grated
¼ Cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated
TIP Salt to taste
TIP White Pepper to taste


Individuals with allergies or specific dietary concerns should verify that the ingredients they utilize for the recipes comply with their restrictions. *Such a line meets the VEGAN, GLUTEN FREE, LACTOSE-FREE AND KOSHER needs


Step 1

In a skillet over medium heat add olive oil and butter. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.​

  • Olive oil
  • butter
  • garlic
  • breadcrumbs
  • parsley

Step 2

Add breadcrumb and stir until breadcrumb turns golden brown. Stir in parsley and set aside.​

  • Heavy Cream

Step 3

Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a saucepot over low/medium heat bring the heavy cream to a simmer. Whisk in cheese, seasoning to taste.​

  • Cheese

Step 4

Drain pasta well and mix with cheese sauce. ​

Step 5

Top macaroni with toasted breadcrumbs..​

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Your Mac and cheese with breadcrumbs are now ready to enjoy. This dish is perfect for lunch or dinner, and it's sure to impress anyone who tries it. The combination of the creamy cheese sauce, tender pasta, and crunchy breadcrumbs is what makes this dish so irresistible. Plus, it's easy to make and can be enjoyed by the whole family. Serve it up in a baking dish or in a casserole. As side dish, serve a salad or some garlic bread and you've got yourself a complete meal.