Mac and Cheese with Everything Bagel Blend

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The title says it all - creamy, hearty, nostalgic, and soul satisfying macaroni and cheese with a crunchy Everything Bagel Blend topping. Mac & cheese has never been so good.


1 pound elbow pasta
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
2 onions, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons flour
4 cups milk
4 ounces cream cheese
12 ounces gruyere, shredded
8 ounces cheddar, shredded
1 cup panko

Recipe Info

Difficulty Level: 
Prep Time: 
20 minutes
Cook Time: 
55-65 minutes
Total Time: 
1 hour, 20 minutes
Serving size: 


1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Cook macaroni according to package directions for al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain. Set aside.
3. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan add 2 tablespoons of butter. Add in the onion and garlic. Cook until translucent, about 8 minutes. Then stir in the flour and cook until browned, about 2 minutes.
4. Over low heat whisk in the milk to the onion mixture. Off the heat add in cheeses whisking until smooth, about 5 minutes. Stir in the reserved macaroni. Pour into a 3 quart baking dish.
5. Melt the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter. Stir in the panko and Everything Bagel Blend. Top macaroni with seasoned panko. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the sauce is bubbly and the top is browned.


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Recipe Tip:
This recipe can be made ahead. Stop after step 4, cover and refrigerate for 1 day. An hour before serving remove from the refrigerator and let dish come to room temperature. Then proceed to step 5.