This is a classic recipe for macaroni and cheese. The kids will love this!

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr 5 mins
Servings:
7
Yield:
6 to 8 servings
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Ingredients

7
Original recipe yields 7 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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

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  • Prepare the elbow macaroni according to package directions.

  • Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium high heat. Stir in the flour until a cream colored paste forms. Then pour in the milk and stir constantly until this comes to a hard boil, then stir for 1 more minute. Remove from heat and set aside.

  • When the macaroni is cooked, spread 1/2 of it into the bottom of a lightly greased 9x13-inch baking dish. Then layer 1/2 of the grated onion, 1/2 of the salt and pepper and 1/2 of each of the cheeses. Repeat this one more time: macaroni, onion, salt and pepper and cheeses, and then pour the reserved white sauce over all. Top off with small pats of butter to taste.

  • Cover and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

401 calories; protein 18.5g 37% DV; carbohydrates 29.1g 9% DV; fat 23.3g 36% DV; cholesterol 70mg 23% DV; sodium 450.2mg 18% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2011
Awesome!!! Just like Mom used to make!!! I have never rated a recipe before but one thing I noticed with the reviews...if you are going to rate the recipe make it the way it is written. One of the previous reviewers gave it a four because she changed it all over the place and obviously thought hers was better, I looked at other reviews she has done and has done the same thing to other recioes. Review it on it's merits, not on what you think you did to make it your own! Read More
(1999)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
11/21/2011
This was not to my liking. I decided to change the recipe, used same amounts of everything but the cheese. I did 2 cups of cheese (1 cup pepperjack, 1 cup cheddar) mixed into the sauce and then topped the mac and cheese with 1/2 cup of cheddar and baked. the processed cheese food was not a good addition. I found it was much better with just cheddar and pepperjack. Read More
(77)
807 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 590
  • 4 star values: 145
  • 3 star values: 43
  • 2 star values: 17
  • 1 star values: 12
Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2011
Awesome!!! Just like Mom used to make!!! I have never rated a recipe before but one thing I noticed with the reviews...if you are going to rate the recipe make it the way it is written. One of the previous reviewers gave it a four because she changed it all over the place and obviously thought hers was better, I looked at other reviews she has done and has done the same thing to other recioes. Review it on it's merits, not on what you think you did to make it your own! Read More
(1999)
Rating: 5 stars
11/21/2011
This was an excellent dish. I made it exactly as written and we loved it! Read More
(860)
Rating: 5 stars
02/17/2004
So Good! Among my friends, I'm known for my mac and cheese, but using this recipe, I really blew their socks off. The addition of the onion really added flavor. The only thing I did differently was used different types of cheese (the secret to my mac n' cheese) I use white sharp cheddar for taste, plain yellow sharp cheddar for appearance, and hot pepper cheese for a bit of spice. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2012
I have made this twice in the past week! Very good and don't leave out the Swiss cheese even if you think you don't like Swiss. I'm still in shock about a reviewer who took away stars because of an ingredient that she doesn't like. More frustrating is all the people who found that "helpful". For example, I don't like mushrooms, but I don't give recipes a bad review if it calls for them...I just leave them out of the recipe. Wow. I'm in the minority here, but personally I read reviews to find out about the recipe I "click" on, not to see other people using it as a way to get their recipe "out there"...no time for that...sorry:( Read More
(592)
Rating: 5 stars
04/20/2009
I LOVE THIS MAC & CHEESE and so did everyone else who had it, even the kids. I only tweaked it a little - I cut down on the onion to taste. I used 1/2 cream and 1/2 milk and for my 3 cheeses, I used white sharp cheddar, mild cheddar, and monterey jack. I had so many rave reviews, someone just asked me to make it for a party of 40! Sounds easy enough! Thanks for this great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2007
I make this for every family gathering, only because they ask for it and it has to be the best mac and cheese I have ever made. The only thing different that I do, is omit the swiss cheese and add 8oz. of cream cheese. It's the best and richest you will ever taste. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/21/2011
I and millions of other people have been using Velveta for many years. Thank you for sharing your recipe JAYDE. This is exactly how I have made mac and cheese for a long time. With the exception of the swiss cheese (personal preference). The Velveta turns a plain cheese sauce into a creamy cheese sauce. I usually leave mine on the stove on low heat while cheese melts completely. I only bake in the oven if I use cracker or bread crumbs with butter on the top. Read More
(170)
Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2010
I was looking for an easy but knock your socks off Mac and Cheese for Christmas dinner. This was definitely it!!!!! The only thing I did different than in the recipe is I added the cheese to the white sauce and melted it in after taking off burner before adding to pasta. I also doubled recipe. Just for some little extra something I took tbsp of butter melted, half sleeve of saltines and three strips of crisp bacon and crumbled all together in my food processor and added to the top. That topping was the perfect compliment to the cheeses used in the recipe. I also made this the night before. Next afternoon put in oven at recommended cooking temp and added about 15 minutes to cooking time, but came out perfect so definitely a dish u can prepare ahead and bake later. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/12/2012
This recipe is great! For those that do not like the texture of onions, try grating them. So much flavor. When I take this to potlucks, bbq's, etc., I make it up in one pot and pour into a crockpot and keep on a low setting. Do not change the ingredients for this recipe. If you do... write and submit your own. Please. Thanks JAYDE175! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
11/21/2011
This was not to my liking. I decided to change the recipe, used same amounts of everything but the cheese. I did 2 cups of cheese (1 cup pepperjack, 1 cup cheddar) mixed into the sauce and then topped the mac and cheese with 1/2 cup of cheddar and baked. the processed cheese food was not a good addition. I found it was much better with just cheddar and pepperjack. Read More
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