Baked Mac and Cheese – Hiland Dairy

Baked Mac and Cheese

The ultimate creamy, cheesy mac and cheese with a homemade cheese sauce made with Hiland Heavy Cream, Milk and butter then baked with a crunchy panko bread crumb topping. The perfect mix of creamy, crunchy comfort food that will have your Thanksgiving guests asking for the recipe.

Recipe and image compliments of Laura from Lolo’s Home Kitchen

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  • Prep Time
    45 Minutes

  • Cook Time
    30 Minutes

  • Servings


Mac and Cheese

  • 16 oz pasta – elbow macaroni or cavatappi
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 Tablespoon Hiland Dairy butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups Hiland Dairy whole milk
  • 1 cup Hiland Dairy heavy whipping cream
  • 4 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Crumb Topping

  • 1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 4 Tablespoons Hiland Dairy butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray either a 3 quart casserole dish or 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray and set aside.
  • Combine the shredded cheddar and Gruyere cheeses together in a large bowl and set aside.
  • Cook the pasta to just before being done, drain and then drizzle with olive oil. Set aside to cool while you make the cheese sauce.
  • In a deep saucepan, melt the butter on medium heat. Add the flour and whisk together for about 1 minute. Slowly pour in the heavy cream then the whole milk, whisking at the same time to combine. Continue whisking until the mixture just starts to bubble slightly. Add in salt and pepper, continue whisking for another 2 minutes.
  • Add 2 handfuls of the shredded cheese mixture, stirring afterwards to combine and melt together. Add another 2 handfuls (be sure to leave a handful to top the baking dish). Stir again to combine and melt.
  • Once the sauce is smooth and melted, add in the cooked pasta and stir together to coat the pasta.
  • Add half the cheesy pasta mix to the casserole dish and spread out. Sprinkle with the remaining shredded cheese. Top with the remaining pasta and cheese mixture.
  • In a separate medium bowl, combine the 4 Tablespoons melted butter, Panko, shredded Parmesan and Paprika together. Sprinkle on top of the pasta.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes until the sides start to get bubbly then serve!

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