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Cavatappi Mac and Cheese Recipe

This Cavatappi Mac and Cheese is super-cheesy with a homemade cream sauce and is topped with a breadcrumb topping. Enjoy it as a side dish recipe or add a side salad and turn it into a main course. Love cheesy recipes? Try this baked ravioli Alfredo recipe.


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Ingredients

Ingredients for recipe with text overlay.
  • Cavatappi pasta – this corkscrew pasta is the perfect pasta shape for these cheesy sauce to cling to or you can substitute another pasta shape such as macaroni, rotini.
  • butter
  • onions
  • flour
  • whole milk
  • heavy cream
  • sharp Cheddar cheese – if you prefer, use a milder Cheddar such as medium or mild.
  • Gruyere cheese
  • breadcrumbs
  • butter (melted)

Step by Step Instructions

You can find the full recipe card, with ingredient amounts and instructions at the bottom of this page. I’ve included some visual references below for step by step instructions.

Cheese sauce is stirred into cook pasta in 9x13-inch baking dish.
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  2. Cook cavatappi pasta in boiling water until al dente following package directions. Drain and set aside.
  3. While pasta is cooking, prepare the sauce.  In a skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and cook a few minutes until tender.
  4. Whisk in flour, continue whisking for two minutes. (mixture will thicken)
  5. Gradually add in milk and cream, whisking constantly after each addition.
  6. Taste and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Continue to simmer until thickened. This should take approximately 1 and 1/2 to two minutes. 
  8. Remove pan from heat. Stir in 2 and 1/4 cups of shredded Cheddar cheese 3/4 cups shredded Gruyere cheese (reserving the remaining cheese for the top) and stir until sauce is thick and creamy.
  9. Stir in cooked pasta, then transfer to prepared baking dish.
Shredded Gruyere and sharp cheddar cheese sprinkled on top of Mac and cheese in baking dish.


10. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. (3/4 cup Cheddar and 1/4 cup Gruyere)

Breadcrumbs sprinkled on top of cavatappi macaroni and cheese in baking dish.

11. Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat, or in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave.  Stir in breadcrumbs. Sprinkle over pasta mixture.
12. Bake in 350°F oven for 25 to 30 minutes until bubbly. 

Finished dish of Mac and cheese on fork.

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Cavatappi Mac and cheese on white plate with fork.

Cavatappi Mac and Cheese Recipe


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  • Author: Sandra Flegg
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings

Description

This Cavatappi Mac and Cheese is super-cheesy with a homemade cream sauce and is topped with a breadcrumb topping. Enjoy it as a side dish recipe or add a side salad and turn it into a main course.


Ingredients

453g/1lb. Cavatappi pasta

5 Tablespoons butter

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/3 cup all purpose flour

1 and 1/2 cups whole milk

1/2 cup heavy cream

3 cups medium or sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

1 cup Gruyere cheese, shredded

Breadcrumb topping:

1 and 1/2 cups breadcrumbs

3 Tablespoons butter, melted

Salt & pepper to taste


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  2. Cook cavatappi pasta in boiling water until al dente following package directions. Drain and set aside.
  3. While pasta is cooking, prepare the sauce.  In a skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and cook a few minutes until tender.
  4. Whisk in flour, continue whisking for two minutes. (mixture will thicken)
  5. Gradually add in milk and cream, whisking constantly after each addition.
  6. Taste and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Continue to simmer until thickened. This should take approximately 1 and 1/2 to two minutes. 
  8. Remove pan from heat. Stir in 2 and 1/4 cups of shredded Cheddar cheese 3/4 cups shredded Gruyere cheese (reserving the remaining cheese for the top) and stir until sauce is thick and creamy.
  9. Stir in cooked pasta, then transfer to prepared baking dish.
  10. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. (3/4 cup Cheddar and 1/4 cup Gruyere)
  11. Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat, or in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave.  Stir in breadcrumbs.
  12. Sprinkled over pasta mixture.
  13. Bake in 350°F oven for 25 to 30 minutes until bubbly. 

Notes

Storage instructions: Store leftovers in the refrigerator in covered airtight container for up to 4 days. 

Reheat in microwave on microwave-safe plate until heated throughout.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Dinner, Pasta
  • Method: Oven Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 helping
  • Calories: 631
  • Sugar: 6.2 g
  • Sodium: 1172.1 mg
  • Fat: 43.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 23.6 g
  • Trans Fat: 0.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 28 g
  • Fiber: 1.7 g
  • Protein: 32.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 145 mg

10 Comments

  1. Oh my goodness that looks absolutely delicious and like total comfort food! I especially like that you used the cavatappi pasta. I’m definitely going to have to make that!






  2. Loved this! We embellished with rotisserie chicken, sautéed mushrooms with frozen spinach and added halved cherry tomatoes.

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