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Touchdown Flavor: Baked Mac and Cheese – The MVP of Super Bowl Snacks

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Calling all football fans and cheese lovers! Are you ready to huddle up around a dish so good, it deserves its own standing ovation? Then look no further than this Baked Mac and Cheese recipe, the ultimate champion of Super Bowl party food. It’s simple to make, bursting with flavor, and guaranteed to disappear faster than a Hail Mary pass. So, grab your ingredients, lace up your aprons, and get ready to score a culinary touchdown!


  • 1 (12 oz) box elbow macaroni
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups milk
  • 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup grated Gruyere cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp paprika (optional)
  • Panko breadcrumbs, for topping (optional)

Making Steps:

1. Cook the Macaroni

  • Fill a large pot with salted water and bring to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook according to package instructions until al dente (slightly firm to the bite). Drain and set aside.
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2. Make the Cheese Sauce

  • In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly, to create a roux.
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  • Slowly whisk in the milk, a little at a time, until smooth and no lumps remain. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens slightly.
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  • Reduce heat to low and stir in the cheddar, Gruyere, and Parmesan cheeses until melted and creamy. Season with salt, pepper, and paprika (if using).
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3. Assemble and Bake

  • Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  • Toss the cooked macaroni with the cheese sauce until evenly coated.
  • Pour the macaroni and cheese mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with Panko breadcrumbs (if using) for a crispy topping.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the cheese is golden brown and bubbly.

Important Tips:

  • For an extra creamy sauce, use a combination of whole milk and half-and-half.
  • Add a pinch of cayenne pepper for a subtle kick.
  • Get creative with your toppings! Try chopped bacon, crumbled sausage, roasted vegetables, or fresh herbs.
  • Make it ahead of time: Assemble the mac and cheese up to 24 hours in advance and bake just before serving.
  • Leftovers? No problem! Reheat in the oven or microwave until warmed through.

Serve this winning Baked Mac and Cheese with your favorite game-day dips and veggies, and watch your taste buds do a victory dance! Remember, when it comes to Super Bowl snacks, this recipe is a guaranteed MVP.

Enjoy the game and the delicious food!

P.S. Don’t forget to share your photos and creations using the hashtag #SuperBowlMacandCheese. We can’t wait to see your winning dishes!

Ann Shrott

I am a freelance writer with a deep passion for the latest trendy titles to produce content. What I'm striving for is to write about something well researched and make blogs sparkle. Keep on reading!

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