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The best mac and cheese ever!


The cheesiest most delicious nduja mac and cheese you will ever eat. Topped with brown butter herby panko crumbs. A must try!


For the panko crumbs

75g panko crumbs

70g unsalted butter, cubed

1 tbsp thyme leaves, chopped

For the pasta

280g macaroni

1 tbsp butter

For the sauce

60g unsalted butter

45g plain flour

625ml milk (full fat please!)

270g cheese, I used 90g mozzarella, 140g cheddar, 40g parmesan

3 - 4 tbsp nduja (taste the sauce and add more if you like!)

Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat your oven to 180c (350f)

For the panko crumbs

  1. Melt the butter over medium heat for 3 - 4 minutes, swirling the pan until it browns then take off the heat and mix into the panko crumbs straight away. It's hard to tell how much butter will evaporate for you so I used 50g of the melted brown butter with the crumbs.
  2. Add the thyme leaves in and then set the crumbs aside.

For the pasta

  1. Cook the macaroni according to the instructions but undercook it by a minute.
  2. Drain and mix with the tablespoon of butter and set aside.

For the sauce

  1. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat until it starts to sizzle.
  2. Add the flour and whisk vigorously for a minute.
  3. Lower the heat slightly and add the milk in a slow stream, whisking the whole time making sure you get all the flour mixture from the sides of the pan.
  4. Cook for a few minutes until it thickens slightly and coats the back of a wooden spoon.
  5. Add the cheese in 3 or 4 lots, whisking and letting it melt in between each addition.
  6. Add the nduja and whisk to combine.
  7. Taste! You can add more nduja if you wish and also season with salt and pepper. It might not need any salt but I like to add a few cracks of black pepper here.

Baking the mac and cheese

  1. Mix the pasta into the sauce and pour into a baking dish. I used a 9 x 9 inch metal pan
  2. Sprinkle the panko crumbs in an even layer over top and bake in the oven for 25 minutes until bubbly and slightly golden on top. Don't bake it for longer as the sauce can get too soaked up.
  3. Let it sit for a few minutes before serving then dig in!


  1. As mentioned with the brown butter, all butter browns differently so I have started with 70g knowing it will be less than that after browning. Make sure you weigh out 50g to mix with the crumbs (or more if you like lots of butter!)
  2. I really like using a mix of the cheeses as I feel like they all bring something different to the party! You could definitely just use all cheddar to make it easy though.
  3. Mixing the tablespoon of butter with the pasta after cooking is a tip I learned from Recipe Tin Eats, it stops the pasta overcooking.
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins