Mac and Cheese Spaghetti


Toasty bread crumbs give this mac and cheese a crisp top in minutes. Cheddar cheese gives the sauce flavor, while American cheese adds smoothness.

Bake Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 ½ cup coarse white bread crumbs

  • 2 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

  • 1 14-16 package dried multigrain, whole wheat, or regular spaghetti

  • 1 10 ounce package frozen peas (2 cups) or 2 cups fresh broccoli florets

  • 2 tablespoon butter, melted

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard

  • 8 ounce sharp cheddar cheese, finely shredded (2 cups)

  • 4 ounce American cheese, shredded (1 cup)

  • Shredded thinly sliced prosciutto or cooked ham (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees F. In a 15x10x1-inch baking pan combine crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and the 1 tablespoon butter. Bake 5 minutes; remove from oven, stir, set aside.

  2. Meanwhile, in Dutch oven cook spaghetti, with 1 tablespoon salt added to water, according to package directions; add peas during last 3 minutes of pasta cooking time. Reserve 2 cups pasta cooking water (*Using Pasta Water, see below) set aside. Drain pasta and peas; keep warm.

  3. Return 1 cup reserved pasta water to Dutch oven. Bring to boiling. Add the 2 tablespoons butter and mustard. Add cheeses, a bit at a time, stirring after each addition until melted. Stir in more pasta water if needed. Add spaghetti mixture; toss. Sprinkle servings with crumb mixture and prosciutto. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

    Mac and Cheese Spaghetti
    Andy Lyons


*Using Pasta WaterUse pasta cooking water to flavor and thin sauces. To reserve, just before draining pasta, ladle out the amount of pasta water needed into a glass measuring cup or bowl.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

456 Calories
20g Fat
47g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 456
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 56mg 19%
Sodium 561mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 3.5mg 18%
Calcium 333.2mg 26%
Iron 2.5mg 14%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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