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Baked Mac and Cheese #Recipe

I got this recipe from the Carb Lovers Diet Cook Book, which I’m reviewing. I haven’t made any more recipes from the book yet. I wasn’t very fond of this recipe, to be honest. It kind of turned out dry and for some reason the red pepper didn’t mix throughout the whole recipe leaving spots a little too hot and others with no heat at all. I thought it was kind of flavorless as well. I thought it was way too much work for the way it turned out. I hope to have better luck with the other recipes in this book. If you make this recipe, I’d love to hear if you have better luck! Here’s the recipe:

Baked Mac and Cheese Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 433 kcal


  • 2 1/2 c low-fat milk 1%
  • 4 T flour
  • 1/8 t ground or freshly grated nutmeg
  • 3 oz reduced-fat cheddar cheese grated
  • 2 oz smoked Gouda cheese grated
  • 2 oz reduced-fat Gruyere or Swiss cheese grated (I used swiss)
  • 1/4 t cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 6 c cooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 c unseasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 T freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 t chopped thyme
  • 2 t chopped parsley
  • 1 t olive oil or butter
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/4 t pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Whisk together milk and flour in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat, add nutmeg, and cook, stirring until thickened, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add cheddar, Gouda, Gruyere, cayenne, and pepper; whisk until melted, 1 minute. Add macaroni and stir to combine.
  4. Toss bread crumbs, Parmesan, thyme, parsley, oil, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.
  5. Place six individual crocks, ramekins, or ovenproof bowls on a rimmed baking sheet. Spoon 1 cup macaroni mixture into each ramekin and sprinkle with 1/6 cup bread-crumb topping.
  6. Bake until topping is browned and cheese is bubbling, 30-35 minutes. Serve hot.
About Paula

Paula Krueger considers herself a "baby "chef, not because she cooks for babies, but because she's still learning how to cook. She started this blog after taking Wilton method classes and at that point was more interested in baking. She's since become more interested in learning to cook as her family has grown. She also covers product reviews and travel as well.


  1. I love Mac and Cheese of any type, I’ll be trying this!!!