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Baked Mac & Cheese with Potato Smiles Topping

A three cheese, creamy baked macaroni and cheese featuring a crispy potato "Smiles" topping.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked macaroni and cheese, mac and cheese
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 349cal
Author: Amy


  • 15 whole McCain Smiles cook 50% of the way
  • 1 lb elbow macaroni
  • 1 8 ounce bar sharp cheddar yellow, grated
  • 1 8 ounce bar extra sharp white, grated
  • 1 8 ounce bar swiss grated
  • 3 1/2 cups white whole milk
  • 1 stick butter you can use either salted, or unsalted
  • 1/2 cup white flour
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsps yellow mustard powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder


  • Gather all ingredients you will need.   
  • Fill a pot with water to boil pasta, and then boil it while grating the cheese. 
  • Once the pasta is done, set it aside. I cook mine 2 minutes less so it is not over inflated. 
  • In the oven, cook the McCain Smiles 25% of the way (follow bag instructions)
  • In a stock pot, (over low/medium heat) melt butter and then whisk in flour to create the roux. You will want to whisk it until it turns golden brown and is not chunky.
  • Once this is done, slowly whisk in the milk continuously. 
  • Bring milk to a boil for 1 minute, and then reduce heat to low/medium, and slowly add in the grated cheese. You don't want to do it too fast or you risk gritty mac & cheese. You want to do it low and slow all while continuously whisking. 
  • Once cheese sauce is smooth and velvety, remove from heat.
  • Drain pasta and add it to the stock pot with the cheese. 
  •  Mix all the way and add it to a casserole dish. 
  • Top with 25% cooked smiles and bake for 30 minutes at 350. 
  • Enjoy warm! The Smiles are the best the same day.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 349cal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 114mg | Potassium: 139mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 445IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1.2mg