Recipes for baked macaroni and cheese may include cheeses such as cheddar, Parmesan, cream cheese and smoked Gouda. Rachel Ray's recipe for baked macaroni and cheese uses sharp cheddar cheese, while a version on AllRecipes.com blends cheddar and grated Parmesan.
Prepare Rachel Ray's version by cooking 1 pound of elbow macaroni until tender. In a bowl, combine 2 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese with 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir the cooked macaroni into the dry mixture, and then pour into a greased pan. Stir in 2 cups low-fat milk and 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, and dot with 1 1/2 tablespoons butter. Bake for 45 minutes at 375 F.
Begin the AllRecipes.com dish by cooking 8 ounces elbow macaroni. Melt 1/4 cup butter in a saucepan and create a roux by adding 2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour. Gradually stir in 3 cups milk, 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese and 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese. Place the cooked macaroni into a casserole dish, and pour cheese sauce on top, mixing well. In a skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter and stir in 1/2 cup bread crumbs, and then sprinkle over macaroni mixture. Sprinkle 1 pinch paprika on top, and bake for 30 minutes at 350 F.