Dutch Oven Mac and Cheese

Dutch oven mac and cheese is the perfect one pot meal. This easy, baked pasta dish is classic, creamy and a crowd pleaser. Customize it with your favorite cheeses and this will quickly become a go-to recipe for your family. 


  • 1 pound pasta, cooked
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt
  • ¼ teaspoon minced garlic, optional
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded * 
  • ⅓ cup panko bread crumbs + 2 tablespoons melted butter (for the topping)


  1. Cook and drain the pasta, set aside. 
  2. Melt butter and whisk in flour. Add garlic to butter once melted (if using). 
  3. Slowly whisk in milk, bring to boil and lower heat to medium.
  4. Add cheese, stirring until melted. 
  5. Return pasta to dutch oven and stir until well coated. 
  6. Mix breadcrumbs and melted butter in a small bowl. Sprinkle over mac and cheese.
  7. Bake at 350˚F for 20-25 minutes, until topping is golden and edges are bubbly. 
  8. Allow to cool slightly before serving. 


* I used a package of shredded cheese that included 3 different cheddars. You can feel free to use and type of shredded cheese or shred it from a block if you prefer. 


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