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Homestyle Macaroni and Cheese

(29 Votes)
50 Min

Nothing that comes out of a box will compare to our comforting recipe for Homestyle Macaroni and Cheese. The little bit of extra effort to do it ourselves will reap such a big pay-off -- it's worth every moment!

What You'll Need:
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cups milk
  • 4 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup crushed saltine crackers
What To Do:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. In a large pot, cook macaroni according to package directions; drain, return macaroni to pot, and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan over medium heat, melt 1/2 cup butter. Add flour, salt, and pepper; mix well. Gradually add milk, bring to a boil, and cook until smooth and thickened, stirring constantly. Add cheese and continue stirring until melted. 
  3. Add three-quarters of cheese sauce to macaroni; mix well. Spoon mixture into prepared baking dish and pour remaining cheese sauce evenly over top.
  4. In a microwaveable bowl, melt remaining butter in microwave. Stir in crushed crackers; mix until crumbs are evenly coated. Sprinkle evenly over top of macaroni.
  5. Bake uncovered 30 to 35 minutes, or until heated through.

Ratings & Comments

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I have not made this yet so I cannot rate it.

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Mac 'n' cheese is my favorite food, period. Can't wait to taste this version!

Judy Trudy...I see you post negative comments a lot. Are you a Super Chef?

LOVE homemade mac 'n' cheese, and this looks like it'll be another winner.

Can this be made ahead and kept in fridge until baking?

Hi Donna! Yes, this macaroni and cheese can be made the day before. However, the cooking time may change since you will be putting cold macaroni in the oven (may be about 20-30 minutes more). Also, make sure you don't put the crackers on top until it's ready to be baked. Finally, the macaroni may not be as creamy, since as the macaroni sits it will absorb some of the liquid. It will still taste delicious though! :) Enjoy

That is not a review of the recipe posted. Velveeta is the same as easy cheese and it does not taste the same as cheddar. I would never use Velveeta or would I ever buy boxed. I am rating the recipe that is posted by Mr. Food a 5, the one posted by a minus 10. The only thing I would do differently is mince some onion very finely and put it in with the butter before adding the other sauce ingredients...I guess because that is what my mother always did and I enjoy that hint of onion in the mac and cheese.

Now tell me why this did not go under vk31mk's post where I tried to post it as a reply. It just looks stupid here unless you are able to refer to that post and see that is what I am responding, to see if this ends up under my last post or as a new one as well.

This is a favorite around my place, so I thought I'd try something else with the cheese sauce, I took a bag of hashbrown potatoes and followed the mac and cheese recipe and wound up with the best cheesy tatoes ever, don't take my word for it give it a try, you won't be sorry!!

Did you omit the macaroni

Sorry been a while since I'e been here! Yes I did omi the macaroni, used everything else, might want to back off on milk a little though, maybe only use 2 to 3 cups!!!

For the cheese sauce I made a recipe and a half and to the cheese sauce I added a generous cup of cubed ham; a half-cup of finely diced celery; and a half-cup of finely diced onion. For the topping I used a combination of a few crushed dill pickle potato chips and plain potato chips that were waiting to be eaten. Absolutely delicious!

So good ilike it.

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Instead of cheddar cheese, I use 4 cups cubed Velveeta. I also use Panko bread crumbs for the topping. You will never buy a boxed mix again. YUM, YUM!

Better topping than crackers is panko bread crumbs.

oooooh it's sooo goood !!!!! five stars.......

Then why did you give it three stars?

I found that hillarious...

I use crushed barbequed potatoes chips.Sometimes I put stewed tomatoes on top of the macaroni before the chips

how about trying bacon bits on this also?

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Love this recipe, but instead of adding crackers mixed with butter, I add crushed French Fried Onions on top when I take it out of the oven. DELICIOUS!!

This is a fantastic recipe! Good, old-fashioned comfort food!

so close to recipe from old Army cookbook"Food for 50" except hot sauce and worcestershire sauce is added. sever with wardoff or crisp greens salad. so very satifing

so close to recipe from old Army cookbook"Food for 50" except hot sauce and worcestershire sauce is added. sever with wardoff or crisp greens salad. so very satifing

Try using potato chips instead of crackers. Boy, is that good!!!

That's what mom always did. Nothing better than chips for a topping

Instead of saltine crackers, I use Townhouse garlic, butter or other flavored crackers and it gives it a better taste to it.

Do you think this could be frozen or would it get mushy

it would get mushy. make a smaller batch. cut everything in half.

Closest to mine that I have found! I use 6 cups of milk and 1 1/2 lbs of extra sharp cheese Awesome recipe here. I love Mr. Food


This looks ooh so good!!


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