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Oven-Baked Mac and Cheese with Salami

Prep Time:

20 minutes

Cook Time:

30 minutes


6 Servings



About the Recipe

Elevate your comfort food game with this Oven-Baked Mac and Cheese, a decadent twist on the classic dish that incorporates crispy salami slices for an added layer of flavor and texture. This recipe combines the creamy, cheesy goodness of traditional macaroni and cheese with the savory punch of salami, baked to perfection to achieve a golden, bubbling top and a gooey center. Whether you're looking for a satisfying main course or a hearty side dish, this mac and cheese with salami is sure to impress with its delightful blend of flavors.


For the Mac and Cheese:
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni

  • 4 tablespoons butter

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups milk

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

  • Salt and black pepper to taste

  • 4 cups shredded cheese blend (cheddar, mozzarella, and Gruyère work well)

  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 cup salami slices, cut into bite-sized pieces

For the Topping:
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs

  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


Step 1: Prepare the Pasta
  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a large baking dish and set aside.

  2. Cook the elbow macaroni in a large pot of boiling salted water until just al dente. Drain well and set aside.

Step 2: Make the Cheese Sauce
  1. In the same pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour and cook for about 1 minute until the mixture is smooth and golden.

  2. Gradually whisk in the milk and heavy cream, ensuring there are no lumps. Add the mustard powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until the sauce thickens.

  3. Remove from heat and stir in the shredded cheese blend and Parmesan until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth.

Step 3: Combine Pasta, Sauce, and Salami
  1. Add the cooked macaroni and salami pieces to the cheese sauce, stirring to ensure the pasta is well coated.

  2. Transfer the macaroni mixture to the prepared baking dish.

Step 4: Prepare the Topping
  1. In a small bowl, mix together the breadcrumbs, melted butter, and Parmesan cheese.

  2. Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture evenly over the top of the macaroni in the baking dish.

Step 5: Bake
  1. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the sauce is bubbling.

Step 6: Serve
  1. Let the mac and cheese sit for a few minutes before serving to allow it to set slightly.

  2. Serve hot, enjoying the creamy pasta with the crispy, savory topping.

Chef's Notes:

  • Cheese Selection: Feel free to experiment with different cheese blends according to your taste preferences. A bit of blue cheese can add an interesting depth of flavor.

  • Salami Options: Using a high-quality salami will enhance the flavor of the dish. Consider trying smoked or spicy varieties for an extra kick.

  • Serving Suggestion: This mac and cheese pairs wonderfully with a simple green salad or roasted vegetables to balance out the richness of the dish.

  • Storage: Leftover mac and cheese can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days and reheated in the oven or microwave.


This Oven-Baked Mac and Cheese with Salami is a comforting and satisfying dish that combines the creamy texture of macaroni and cheese with the rich flavors of baked salami. It's a perfect meal for any occasion that calls for a bit of indulgence. Enjoy the process of creating this delicious dish and the delightful experience of sharing it with family and friends.

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