1120 Mac and Cheese Bites

Mac & Cheese Bites

Yield: 35 bites

Serving Size: 3 bites

Calories per serving: 250

Fat per serving: 10 g


  • 6 C cooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 C plain dried breadcrumbs, divided
  • 1 C whole milk
  • 1 Tbsp Angostura® Aromatic Bitters
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Fresh-ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 C shredded Romano or Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 C shredded extra sharp Cheddar cheese


  1. Prepare macaroni ahead of time, cooking 1-2 minutes less than the time on the box. Drain and rinse well. If cooking a day ahead, cover and refrigerate. Macaroni should not be wet when starting this recipe.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Liberally butter the bottom and sides of a 13x9” baking pan. Sprinkle with about 3 tablespoons of the bread crumbs; shake pan to coat bottom and sides. Place remaining bread crumbs (1/3 cup or so) in a small bowl and stir in 1/2 cup of the Romano cheese; set aside.
  3. Measure milk (and/or half & half). Add Angostura, salt, pepper and nutmeg; stir to dissolve salt. Place macaroni in a large bowl. Stir in milk mixture. Stir in the Cheddar cheese and remaining 1/2 cup Romano cheese. Let rest 5 minutes; stir again. Spoon into prepared baking pan and spread out evenly.
  4. Sprinkle bread crumb/cheese mixture over macaroni. Bake uncovered 35-45 minutes until edges are browned. Remove from oven. Let cool 20 minutes. Use a sharp knife to cut 35 squares (7 rows x 5 rows). Remove from pan with a metal spatula. Serve warm.

Nutrition information per serving (3 bites): 250 calories, 13g protein, 27g carb, 10g fat (6g sat. fat), 30mg chol, 380mg sodium, 1g fiber