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This easy macaroni and cheese comes together in one pot with perfectly cooked pasta and a satiny smooth 3-cheese sauce.

Easy Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and a rich cheesy sauce with crispy buttery breadcrumbs on top in under 10 minutes. This quick macaroni and cheese recipe is as simple as it is delicious.
Course Sides
Cuisine American
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Cheese, Dairy, Pasta
Diet Low Sugar, Pescatarian, Vegetarian
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 4 serving


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley (minced)
  • cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
  • 340 grams macaroni
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 140 grams Cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 60 grams Gruyere cheese (shredded)
  • 2 teaspoons potato starch


  • To make the breadcrumb topping, just melt the butter in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the parsley and fry until the sizzling has subsided. Add the panko and fry, stirring constantly so it browns evenly. It's done when it's about the color of the crust of sandwich bread. Transfer the toasted bread crumbs to a plate and wipe out the frying pan with paper towels so you can make the sauce in it.
  • Boil the macaroni according to the package directions in well salted water. In a small bowl, add the two cheeses along with the starch and toss with you fingers to evenly distribute.
  • When there's about 3 minutes left on the clock for the pasta, add the cream and milk to the frying pan, and place over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, then sprinkle in the cheese a small handful at a time, using a silicone spatula to stir the mixture until each addition of cheese completely melts. Continue adding the cheese in small batches and melting until its all incorporated. Salt to taste.
  • When the macaroni is done, drain it, then add it to the cheese sauce. Stir to coat with the sauce. Plate the mac and cheese and sprinkle on the toasted bread crumbs.