Mac & Cheese Bundt

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Author Notes: This is a delicious twist on Mac & Cheese with a cheesy glaze for its crowning touch, one that will appeal to the taste buds of millions, really, who doesn't like cheesy goodness?

Sometimes we need to forget about calories and splurge; this is a recipe that can fall into that category, although I have lightened it up considerably in comparison to most others you will find.

Inspired by my Bundt pan obsession, and I am seriously, serious about that! Whoever has been in my circle of conversation, lately, knows I have been playing in the kitchen, putting everything in a Bundt. So when the last significant food event was calling on me, Mac & Cheese became the newest idea.

After raiding my pantry, finding dry macaroni I had been hoping to use up, taking inventory of usual kitchen seasonings, dairy, bread for fresh crumbs, and then finally dashing to the deli for needed cheese and buttermilk, the recipe was relatively inexpensive to make and easy to put together as well.

Slice like you would a cake and serve at room temperature or cold; makes a great portable side for potlucks, picnics or special occasions. A visual feast for your soul, because after all, we eat with our eyes first!
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Serves 10-12 delicious slices, depending on the size cut

  • 1 cup sharp or extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 stick salted butter - melted (or 4 tablespoons)
  • 2/3 cup fresh bread crumbs - divided in half (panko works nicely if you have it on hand)
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper, or to taste
  • 1/2 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika - preferred but optional
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup half & half
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup of a Mexican cheese mixture
  • 2 cups American cheese
  • 4 cups cooked, still hot, elbow macaroni (equals 8 oz dry)
  • 10 or 12 inch Bundt pan (the cooking time is written for a 10 inch)
  • NOTE: feel free to choose cheese of your choice, but keep the cheddar on top, it creates a beautiful glaze after the Bundt is inverted.
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Spray Bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Add 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese to the bottom of the bundt pan.
  4. In a large bowl mix melted butter, 1/3 cup bread crumbs, red pepper, mustard and paprika together. Whisk in the buttermilk, cream and eggs, whisk to incorporate.
  5. Add in the remaining cheeses, stir to incorporate. Don't worry about any clumping, the hot macaroni will help to melt and incorporate.
  6. Fold in the cooked macaroni while it is still hot; the heat will help to melt and incorporate the mixture.
  7. Pour into prepared Bundt pan.
  8. Bake in preheated oven for 55 minutes, take out and sprinkle with the last 1/3 cup of breadcrumbs. Bake 10 more minutes. Cool for 20-30 minutes. Invert Bundt onto a platter.
  9. Serve with an array of beautiful fresh cut vegetables.

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11 months ago krusher

This is amazing in concept and flavor. Only a gorging, out-of-control person with psychological issues would eat such a quantity that it would clog one's arteries. We don't do that with pâtés, cakes, desserts. Moderation in all things provides balance in one's life. If individuals are struggling with self-control issues, they would do well to read any number of books on the French approach to eating and portion control and adopt their strategies. A long happy gastronomic life will no doubt follow. Bon appetit!

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11 months ago lapadia

Amen,Sistah....

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11 months ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

I completely agree, krusher. I forwarded the recipe to my soon-to-be daughter-in-law, who loves to cook, as well as to my daughter who could live on mac and cheese. They love it! No, no one can eat like this, obviously on a constant basis, but as comfort food sign us all up!

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11 months ago lapadia

OH!!! Amen to you, too, Cynthia! Note how the serving size for this Bundt goodness states 10-12 delicious slices.

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11 months ago Vicky K

4 Cups of cheese, 1/2 stick butter, 1/2 cup half and half...
Heart attack in a bundt pan!

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11 months ago lapadia

Hi VK! Life itself is the proper binge; a party w/o a cake is really just a meeting, everything in moderation…Bon Appetit ~Julia Child

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about 1 year ago TheWimpyVegetarian

What a fabulous idea, Linda! I love this!!! My grandchildren would go nuts over it.

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about 1 year ago lapadia

Hi Susan! Thanks so much for checking out my recipe and for your comment, too. Yes, this is a fun recipe, your grandkids should like it, use their favorite cheese if/when you make it. :)

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about 1 year ago Kukla

What a great idea Linda!!! Next time I make sweet or savory Lokshen Kugel, it will go right to the Bundt cake form.

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about 1 year ago lapadia

Sounds like a great plan, Anna! Thanks for checking out my recipe :)

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about 1 year ago sexyLAMBCHOPx

Kukla, do you have a savory Lokshen Kugel recipe to share?

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about 1 year ago Kukla

I just posted one of my old recipes:Savory Lokshen Kugel (Noodle Pudding)

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about 1 year ago Bevi

This is freaking fantastic! I am going to push aside whatever I had planned to make for the full moon winter walk party and insert this.

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about 1 year ago lapadia

"By the Light of the Silvery Moon!" :)

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about 1 year ago sexyLAMBCHOPx

can a recipe be called cute? if so, this is it!

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about 1 year ago lapadia

Ha! Thanks for checking out my recipe, SLC!

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about 1 year ago savorthis

I am totally making this for my husband's birthday...with candles! He could never eat enough mac 'n' cheese and this looks awesome.

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about 1 year ago lapadia

Oooohhh, now that sounds like fun, and be sure to use all his favorite cheeses - with the cheddar on top or should I say placed on the bottom of the bundt :)

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about 1 year ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Mac-N-Cheese bundt = complete happiness

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about 1 year ago lapadia

Nothing like cheesy happiness!

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about 1 year ago healthierkitchen

A bundt! this definitely takes the mac n cheese to "feast" level! What fun! Do you play with muffin tins too? My mom had a thing about trying everything in a mini muffin tin.

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about 1 year ago lapadia

Thanks HK! Hmmm, love the muffin tin idea, thanks for sharing it :)

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about 1 year ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Whoa! I'd love to see/hear about your other bundt pan experiments!

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about 1 year ago lapadia

Stay tuned for my other bundt pan experiments, HLA :) !!

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about 1 year ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

What about bread pudding in a bundt!!

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about 1 year ago lapadia

LOL! I forgot about that, I've done it, not recently though. But it works and I'm sure you can think up some nice glazes! I did a Picadillo meat bundt a while back, loved the flavors.

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about 1 year ago LE BEC FIN

I was thinking- wouldn't it be fun to put a layer of bechamel or mornay sauce in between a bottom and top layer of noodles?!then, when you slice it, you'd get some creamy cheese sauce with it.
For balance with that version, it prob would be better to remove a bit of the cheese from the noodle mixture..... Ah, inspiration!

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about 1 year ago lapadia

Yes, an inspired thought, LBF, would love your feedback if you try it! I played with the idea of an optional cheese sauce on the side but stayed within my budget, this time around :)

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about 1 year ago sdebrango

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I was thinking it would be great to drizzle bechemel on the top of it like a glaze on a cake. This is such a cool recipe.

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about 1 year ago lapadia

What I like is by putting the sharp cheddar on the very bottom of the bundt pan first, adding the macaroni, baking and after it is inverted the cheddar creates a nice cheddar glaze over the top. Drizzles of bechamel will definitely "kick it up."

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about 1 year ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Totally love that, mac and cheese bundt. Linda you are brilliant!

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about 1 year ago lapadia

Thanks so much SDB I truly appreciate you checking out my recipe! :)

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about 1 year ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Brilliant! I freaking love this!

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about 1 year ago lapadia

Thanks! Your words are uplifting, B!