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A L'il Crunch on an Old Favorite

Lord Honey, there ain't nothin' that says comfort to kids and adults ever'where, like a big ol' helpin' of Mac & Cheese. It's one of those dishes that can be a meal all by itself, or the perfect side for a simple dinner or Holiday spread. My "Creamy-Crunch Mac & Cheese" will give y'all the perfect creamy bite of this all-time favorite--with the bonus of a buttery, crunchy finish.

Creamy-Crunch Mac & Cheese

Jason Smith, FNS

Serves 6-8


2-cups elbow macaroni, cooked according to box, drained

4-TBSP butter

2 ½-TBSP flour

1 ¼-tsp salt

1-tsp ground black pepper

1 ½-cup milk


½-pound block velveeta style cheese, cut into cubes

2-cups mild cheddar cheese, shredded

1-TBSP prepared mustard

1-tsp onion powder


2-cups crushed any type of crackers

3-TBSP butter, melted

½-tsp garlic powder

1-tsp dried parsley (optional)


· Preheat oven to 350°, spray or butter a 9x13 baking dish.

· In a medium sauce pan, over medium heat, place the butter and melt, add the flour, salt and pepper, whisk together and cook until medium brown.

· Add milk and eggs; whisk together.

· Add the 2 types of cheese, mustard and onion powder, stir to combine until cheese is melted.

· Place the cooked pasta in baking dish and pour the cheese mixture over the pasta, toss to combine and coat.

· In a small bowl place the crackers, butter, garlic, and parsley toss to combined, sprinkle over top of pasta.

· Cover with foil and bake for 30-35 mins, uncover and bake for an additional 10 mins or until just starts to brown.

Tip: Don’t have crackers for topping, you can use bread crumbs or crushed pretzels.


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