Delicious and buttery macaroni and cheese like mom used to make.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain and reserve.

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  • In a large sauce pan, melt 4 tablespoons butter or margarine over medium heat. Add flour and some ground black pepper to taste; stirring until paste-like consistency. Add milk to mixture and stir continually until mixture starts to thicken; slowly stir in cheese 1 cup at a time until all cheese is melted.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Pour cheese mixture over macaroni. Mix well and pour into a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking dish. Place bread pieces on top of macaroni mixture and season with salt and pepper to taste. Melt 4 tablespoons butter or margarine and pour over bread. Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown. Serve.

Nutrition Facts

655 calories; 30.1 g total fat; 83 mg cholesterol; 474 mg sodium. 72.4 g carbohydrates; 23 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
12/20/2006
After reading other suggestions I put in 3 times the amount of cheese used heavy cream instead of milk and did the Ritz cracker topping. This turned out to be the best mac & cheese I have ever had! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
07/14/2003
Easy cheesy creamy dreamy! Kids love it adults will too! Read More
(6)
77 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 42
  • 4 star values: 22
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 4 stars
12/20/2006
After reading other suggestions I put in 3 times the amount of cheese used heavy cream instead of milk and did the Ritz cracker topping. This turned out to be the best mac & cheese I have ever had! Read More
(39)
Rating: 4 stars
12/20/2006
After reading other suggestions I put in 3 times the amount of cheese used heavy cream instead of milk and did the Ritz cracker topping. This turned out to be the best mac & cheese I have ever had! Read More
(39)
Rating: 4 stars
01/24/2008
This was my first time making mac and cheese from scratch. Doubled cheese as others suggested and added a bit more salt and pepper. topped with 1 sleeve of crushed Ritz crackers mixed with the 4 Tbls of melted butter. Will make again and add ham or bacon to it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2004
Easy to make cheesy delight. I used Gruyere Fresh Parmesan and Sharp Cheddar and made the topping of 1 sleeve crushed Ritz crackers tossed with.5 stick melted butter. YUM! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/30/2010
Found this easy to make and quite tastey. I did make a few adjustments. I added Gorgonzola Parmesan and a bit more Cheddar. I also used Italian seasoned bread crumbs with a drizzle of olive oil for the top. As for the comment on this being a runny sauce I did not find that. The key was letting the flour butter and milk part cook long enough to thicken. All in all a great recipe and I will use it again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/06/2011
This went together quickly and tasted good. Be sure to cook the butter/flour mixture (roux) for at least one minute to cook away the floury taste. A whisk works better here and when adding the milk and cheese than a spoon. I used at least twice as much cheese as called for and used extra sharp cheese for a great cheesy taste. To compensate for the extra cheese I should have added 1/2 cup more milk to make the final dish creamier. On top I mixed some more grated cheddar with the buttered crumbs and this was probably the best part of the dish. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2003
My 10 kids love this dish Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
07/14/2003
Easy cheesy creamy dreamy! Kids love it adults will too! Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
06/14/2006
Yeah! My kids will eat this! I've tried several recipes and they've turned them down. My children liked this because it didn't have mustard or onion in it. Plus it had a nice crust. Thanks! Read More
(6)
Rating: 4 stars
09/28/2009
Great basic recipe.Had to doctor though... I used 1 cup chedder and 1/2 cup swiss 1 can carnation milk and 1 cup 2% milk topped with dried in my oven bagette bread crumbs dossed in butter & cheese. excellent..oh and a dash of dry mustard & cyanne Read More
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