Paula’s Tomato Basil Mac and Cheese Mini Casseroles

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Servings: 6 to 8
Prep Time: 15 to 20 min
Cook Time: 40 min
Difficulty: Easy

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1 pound elbow macaroni
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
½ cup all-purpose flour
4 cups milk
3 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1½ cups grape tomatoes, halved
¼ cup chopped fresh basil
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
¼ cup chopped parsley





Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a 13 by 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. 

Cook pasta until tender. Drain. In a small bowl, combine panko and parsley. Set aside.

In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add flour, stirring constantly with a whisk.  Gradually add milk, stirring constantly until smooth. Add cheese, stirring constantly until thick and creamy. Add macaroni, salt, tomatoes, and basil. Spoon into prepared baking dish. Top with reserved panko mixture. Bake until golden and bubbly, about 25 minutes.

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By Amelia Rios on June 24, 2013


Paula I give this Mac and cheese a 5 star! I make this every year during the holidays and everyone just loves it! This has became a family tradition in my home! Thanks We love you dearly! Angela

By Angela Norton on November 11, 2012



By Anonymous on March 27, 2012


This was delicious! Baked it in a red Henry Emile dish and it looked as beautiful as it was tasty.

By Rosalyn on January 20, 2012

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