Shallot and Garlic Macaroni and Cheese

Shallots and garlic combined with a rich and tangy Cheddar cream sauce make a wonderful main dish.

Serves: 6Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 40 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 6


  • 5 cups water
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 8 oz. medium pasta shells
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 large shallot, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, finely diced
  • 1 1⁄2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1⁄4 cups packed shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1⁄2 cup panko breadcrumbs


  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Bring the water and salt to a boil in a large pot. Add pasta, and cook for 7 minutes. Drain. Spoon the pasta into a 2-quart baking pan.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the cream, mustard, and Worcestershire. Heat the cream sauce until almost simmering, about 5 minutes. Slowly add 1 cup cheese, stirring until fully melted. Pour the cheese sauce over the pasta.
  • Top macaroni and cheese with panko and remaining Cheddar. Dot with remaining butter. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.