Baked Mac N Cheese with Breadcrumbs and Red Onions

If we took a survey and asked people to name their favorite comfort food, I’d bet mac n cheese would be at the top of the list.  (That or maybe ice cream.)  And there really is just something homey about gooey, cheesy, unhealthy goodness.

Now for me, I grew up on the Kraft blue box mac n cheese.  It was my absolutely favorite thing to eat at dinner.  When I was little, my mom wanted to really surprise me and make me some homemade mac n cheese (ya know, the kind that doesn’t come from a powder).  And guess what…I didn’t like it.  I mean…I liked it….just not as much as the blue box.  The real cheese just didn’t have as much delicious artificial flavor as the powder!  And I’m sure I loudly expressed my opinions and made her feel real great about spending all that extra time on a dish for me.

Well now that I’m older, I guess my tastes are more refined (although, I still love the Kraft version).  So last night, I made some homemade mac n cheese of my own.  It’s got diced onions throughout to add a little flavor, and the crunchy breadcrumb topping just makes it exquisite.  If you’re looking for some delicious comfort food, this is the way to go.

Baked Mac N Cheese with Breadcrumbs and Red Onions

Yields: 6 servings

Baked Mac N Cheese with Breadcrumbs and Red Onions


  • 12 ounce elbow macaroni pasta
  • 3 cups of yellow finely grated sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup of butter, softened plus 1 Tbsp for skillet
  • 1 medium red onion – diced
  • ¼ tsp. parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 cups milk, if you want the casserole creamier add more milk
  • 1/2 cup Progresso bread crumbs


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sauté’ diced red onion in 1 Tbsp butter, drain and cool.
  2. In large bowl, stir together 2 ½ cups of cheddar cheese, ½ cup sour cream, and ¼ cup butter. When cool, add onions to the cheese mixture, stir. Add milk and stir to combine.
  3. Meanwhile, bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Salt the boiling water. Stir in pasta and boil 10-12 minutes, stirring recurrently until “al dente”. Drain well and pour in large bowl of cheese mixture. Stir until fully combined.
  4. Place macaroni mixture in a sprayed baking dish. Sprinkle on top ½ cup of cheddar cheese parsley, salt/pepper, and bread crumbs. Bake for approximately 45 to 50 minutes.

Source:  petit4chocolatier


11 thoughts on “Baked Mac N Cheese with Breadcrumbs and Red Onions

    • lindsayballen June 16, 2014 at 7:43 pm - Reply Author

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  3. I have never made mac and cheese and then baked it. I can’t understand why baking takes 45-50 min; most everything is already hot so all that is required is to melt the cheese. Am I missing something?

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