Cheesy Brown Butter Halloween Mac and Cheese is a decadent splurge. And, it’s kid-friendly! Did I mention this dish is cute?
Cute? Mac and cheese cute? Yes! Made with Halloween pasta in the shapes of spiders, pumpkins, bats and witches, it’s pretty darn cute! I got this bag of Halloween Pasta at World Market.
Here’s the Halloween Pasta spread out on a tin tray so that you can see the 4 different shapes, each in 3 different colors: pasta color, orange and dark purple.
Here’s a close-up of the Halloween Pasta before I cooked it.
And here’s the Cheesy Brown Butter Halloween Mac & Cheese in a 9″ x 13″ baking dish after I cooked it. The cute shapes are lost in the cheesy brown butter sauce and the buttered panko bread crumbs. So, you have to trust me on this – the Halloween Pasta is in this baking dish!
So, I decided to transfer the Cheesy Brown Butter Halloween Mac & Cheese to a serving bowl to see if readers could see it better. I decided this cute Halloween skeleton, that I got at the grocery store last year, would be perfect.
Even close-up, you can’t really distinguish the shapes of this Halloween Pasta once the sauce covers it. But, it still is a fun way to serve Mac & Cheese to your family for Halloween!
If you have children, you could make it into a game at dinner – find the bats, witches, pumpkins and spiders!
This recipe for Cheesy Brown Butter Halloween Mac & Cheese is inspired by Tiffany’s recipe for Baked Mac & Cheese with a Crunchy Sourdough Topping. If you haven’t yet made Tiffany’s recipe, I encourage you to do so. It elevates kid-friendly Mac & Cheese to adult-loving, too, with that fabulous crunchy sourdough topping.
Here’s a collage for your Pinterest board so that you can come back again and again!
Cheesy Brown Butter Halloween Mac & Cheese is extra cheesy because I used that good ol’ American cheese, Velveeta, for the sauce. And, I browned the butter for the sauce before adding the milk and Velveeta cheese, which gives this Mac & Cheese recipe a buttery, nutty flavor. Plus, the Panko topping gives it a nice crunch. The Halloween Pasta has a chewier texture than regular macaroni because of the denseness of the shapes. So, this Mac & Cheese has a toothy texture – perfect al dente’ pasta.
Here’s the recipe:
- 17.6 to 18 ounce package of Halloween pasta
- 24 ounces Velveeta cheese, cubed
- 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
- 1 cup butter (2 sticks), melted and divided
- 1 cup milk
- Non-stick cooking spray
- Grease a 9" x 13" baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
- Boil Halloween pasta per package instructions, drain and pour drained pasta into prepared baking dish (about 7 minutes).
- In a 2-quart sauce pan, melt ¾ cup butter (1 and ½ sticks) over medium-low heat until golden brown, swirling pan occasionally so as not to burn butter (about 5 minutes).
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Add milk and cubed Velveeta to melted brown butter in saucepan and stir to combine.
- Reduce heat to low and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until Velveeta is thoroughly melted and the sauce is creamy (about 8 minutes).
- Pour sauce over Halloween pasta.
- Sprinkle Panko bread crumbs over cheesy pasta mixture.
- Melt remaining ¼ cup of butter (1/2 stick) in a glass measuring cup with a pour spout.
- Drizzle melted butter over Panko bread crumbs.
- Bake in preheated oven about 30 minutes until pasta is bubbly and topping is golden brown.
- If Panko topping does not brown, place under broiler 1 minute until topping is golden brown.
Want more Halloween recipes? Check these recipes posts out to round out your Cheesy Brown Butter Halloween Mac & Cheese dinner:
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