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Head-on shot of two white and red ceramic ramekins filled above the rim with baked macaroni, with fork handles sticking out of each dish, with a metal baking pan of more of the casserole with a black plastic serving utensil in soft focus in the background, on a folded white cloth and a patterned blue cloth on top of a dark brown wood table, with a brown striped background.

Buffalo Mac and Cheese

  • Author: Meghan Yager
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


Buffalo mac and cheese is a spicy twist on the dish you love. A creamy sauce coats the pasta, with a crunchy topping for added texture. Get the recipe now.


  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided, plus more to grease the dish
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups half and half
  • 3/4 cup Frank’s Hot Sauce or to taste, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard powder
  • 1 pound shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 ounces shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 2/3 cup sour cream, room temperature
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook macaroni until al dente. Drain. Set the pot aside for later use.
  2. Preheat oven to 350˚F and butter a 9×13” casserole dish.
  3. In a small saucepan, warm half and half over medium-low heat.
  4. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the flour and whisk until smooth. Continue to cook to make a roux, until thickened and bubbling. This will take about 2 more minutes.
  5. Whisk in the mustard powder. Slowly whisk in the half and half and hot sauce, until well-combined. I like things a little more on the spicy side, so I used a full cup of hot sauce. Continue to stir until thick, about 2 minutes.
  6. Add the cheeses and whisk in the sour cream. Stir until smooth. Remove from heat.
  7. Add cooked pasta back to the empty stock pot. Pour in the cheese sauce and stir to combine. Pour the macaroni and cheese into the buttered casserole dish.
  8. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in the microwave. Stir in the breadcrumbs. Sprinkle over top of the macaroni.
  9. Cover with foil and bake until bubbly, about 20 minutes. Remove foil and return to the oven under broiler set to high. Broil until the top is golden brown and bubbly, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes before serving.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Casseroles
  • Method: Stovetop, Baking
  • Cuisine: Dinner

Keywords: macaroni and cheese, Buffalo, side dish, game day, cheese