Baked Homemade Macaroni and Cheese


This baked mac and cheese recipe was given to me by my friend Katie. It's a longtime favorite in her family.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins


  • 2 ½ cups elbow macaroni

  • ¼ cup butter

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 4 cups milk

  • 1 pound shredded Cheddar cheese

  • ¼ cup butter, melted

  • 1 sleeve buttery round crackers, crushed


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes; drain well.

  3. Melt 1/4 cup butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour and salt; cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Whisk in milk and simmer, stirring frequently, until mixture thickens slightly, about 5 minutes.

  4. Turn off the heat and stir in Cheddar cheese until cheese is melted. Add macaroni and stir to coat; pour into a 9x13-inch baking dish. Mix the remaining 1/4 cup of melted butter and crushed crackers together in a bowl; scatter evenly over macaroni mixture.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown on top, about 45 minutes.

    close up view of Baked Homemade Macaroni and Cheese in a small cast iron pan

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

810 Calories
50g Fat
57g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 810
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 50g 64%
Saturated Fat 29g 145%
Cholesterol 133mg 44%
Sodium 1012mg 44%
Total Carbohydrate 57g 21%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 32g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 762mg 59%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 376mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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