Creamy Mac and Cheese

Dish Description
This creamy Mac n’ Cheese recipe is baked to perfection. The BEST version I have come across.
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 lb elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups milk
  • 3 cups shredded sharp Cheddar
  • 1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tsp salt

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F, then spray a 13-by-9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Cook the pasta until tender, then drain.
  • In a small bowl, combine the panko and parsley.
  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter.
  • Add the flour followed by the milk, stirring constantly until smooth.
  • Add the cheese, stirring until thick and creamy.
  • Add the macaroni, tomatoes, basil, and salt. Put into the prepared baking dish. Top with the remaining panko mixture. Bake until golden, about 25 minutes.