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How to make the BOMB Mac and Cheese

Demetra Overton
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Servings 8 servings


  • 16 ounce package of elbow macaroni
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups of whole or 2% milk
  • 32 ounces of cheddar cheese divided
  • 16 ounces of mozzarella cheese divided
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder


  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees
  • Shred 2/3 of the cheddar and cut the rest of the cheddar into cubes. Set aside 1 cup of shredded cheddar for the top of the mac and cheese
  • Shred the mozzarella cheese and reserve 1 cup for the top
  • Add salt to a pot of water and bring it to boil.
  • Boil the elbow macaroni for 5 minutes then drain it
  • Warm milk in the microwave or stovetop for a minute or two but do not let it boil
  • Melt the butter in a cast iron enamel Dutch oven then mix in the flour. Cook for 2 minutes stirring with a whisk constantly. Don't let it brown
  • Whisk in the milk
  • Pour the milk into the butter/flour mixture and stir. Add shredded cheddar and mozzarella
  • Stir in shredded cheddar simmer and stir until you have a smooth sauce.
  • Stir in the cooked macaroni, the cubes of cheddar cheese, the shredded mozzarella and grated Parmesan if you are using it
  • Stir in the dry mustard, white pepper, granulated garlic and onion powder
  • Smooth the top and sprinkle the reserved shredded cheddar and mozzarella on top of the mac and cheese
  • Bake for 15 - 20 minutes at 350 degrees to melt the cheeses then broil for 1 to 2 minutes to brown the cheese