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Deluxe Mac and Cheese for Two

This Deluxe Macaroni and Cheese for Two is quick and easy to throw together and makes the perfect vegetarian meal for two or side for three or four.
Course Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 to 4 servings
Calories 421kcal
Author Tracy


Special Equipment


  • 1 cup (5oz) elbow macaroni or small shells

Cheese Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons (1oz) salted butter
  • 2 tablespoons (15g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk any percentage
  • 1 cup (4oz) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese divided
  • 1/2 cup (2oz) shredded Parmesan or Pecorino Romano divided
  • Pinch of cayenne optional
  • Pinch of nutmeg optional
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • 2 slices white bread cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon (1/2oz) butter melted


  • Preheat your oven to 375°F and lightly grease a 7x5-inch baking dish (or any oven-safe dish of a similar size).
  • In a medium pot of salted water, cook macaroni according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  • While your pasta is cooking, in a medium pot, over medium heat, melt butter. Add flour and whisk together until golden, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Whisk in milk and continue whisking constantly until mixture thickens and becomes bubbly, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add 2/3 of the Cheddar and 2/3 of the Parmesan and stir until smooth. Add a generous pinch of cayenne and nutmeg (if desired) and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add drained pasta to your cheese sauce and stir. Pour mac and cheese into your prepared baking dish. Sprinkle remaining Cheddar and Parmesan over the top.
  • Place your bread cubes into a medium bowl and pour melted butter over the top. Stir to coat all the cubes. Pile bread over your mac and cheese. (If your baking dish looks precariously full, place on a cookie sheet before putting it into the oven to avoid overflow.) Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until bread is toasted.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Approximate nutritional information is for 4 servings.


Calories: 421kcal