Creamy Macaroni and Cheese


Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese
20 Min

Draw your family to the table with our easy recipe for homemade macaroni and cheese! Sure to bring back childhood mealtime memories, this classic macaroni and cheese recipe is pure comfort on a plate.

What You'll Need

  • 1 (8-ounce) package elbow macaroni
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 1/4 cups (9 ounces) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 tablespoons Italian-flavored breadcrumbs

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray. Cook macaroni according to package directions until firm; drain and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Stir in flour, and cook 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Add milk, salt, and pepper, and cook over medium heat until mixture starts to bubble, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove mixture from heat and add 2 cups cheese, stirring until melted. Add macaroni; mix well then pour into prepared baking dish.
  5. Top with remaining 1/4 cup cheese and sprinkle with bread crumbs. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until mixture is bubbly and top is golden.


Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 4

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 632
  • Calories from Fat 299
  • Total Fat 33g 51 %
  • Saturated Fat 21g 103 %
  • Trans Fat 0.5g 0 %
  • Protein 28g 56 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 99mg 33 %
  • Sodium 1,158mg 48 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 55g 18 %
  • Dietary Fiber 2.1g 8 %
  • Sugars 8.3g 0 %

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im making this with california blend veggies and ham added

I made this for dinner tonight per husbands request. We both really enjoyed it. There was plenty of extra cheese sauce so next time I will double or triple pasta. I used small shells. I think some bacon would be a tasty addition. Also I used Colby/Monterey Jack cheese. This is what i had on hand. Will be making again.

One the best mac and cheese recipes. I have been making it for a few years. It taste like my grandmother's. My family requests it often. I often change the type of cheese or blend a couple of cheeses depending on the occasion. It is so easy to make and I often make it ahead of time and bake it right before I need it. It is a go-to recipe .

I'm going to make this with some additions of chiorzo, onion, pimento and sa

Can I use skim milk in this recipe?

This is my family's favorite. When every one gets together they always ask for it. It makes up great the day before and I just bake it right before I need it. I sometimes vary the cheese depending on what I have on hand. It is good when I substitute half cup of hot pepper cheese to spice it up.

The photo doesn't match the recipe. What is the green stuff? Spinach? Good basic recipe, tho.

Hi there! The green you see in this picture is just some parsley sprinkled on top before serving. Just adds a bit of color! Enjoy!

@jlturner Yes, cook macaroni according to package directions until firm, drain it and set aside before following the other steps. I love this recipe. It always turns out great and is super easy once youve made it a time or two. The sauce will seem thin at first but the macaroni soaks it up as it bakes in the oven. I wont make mac and cheese any other way.

Duh! I'm sorry I just had to say

Do you cook the macaroni first?

YES....It says in step 1 to cook the macaroni as directed on package.

I make this all the time. It's inexpensive to make and tastes great. Good reheated in the microwave too.

I made this recipe Sunday night for my family so we could have it Monday. Just popped it in the oven when we got home and had yummy dinner. My 4-year-old said, "This is really good - I LOVE it!" Nothing short of high praise here. :O)


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