Rating: 3.91 stars
33 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 19
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 6

This macaroni and cheese is simple and easy with an homemade taste your whole family will love. I use sharp and extra sharp Cheddar cheese in mine since that is what my family likes.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a deep 2 quart casserole dish.

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  • Mix macaroni, cheese, and cottage cheese in a large bowl. Pour water into the dish just to cover noodles and cheese. Dot with butter. Sprinkle bread crumbs evenly over top.

  • Bake until macaroni is tender, and cheese is melted, about 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

474 calories; protein 24.7g; carbohydrates 31.2g; fat 27.6g; cholesterol 81.2mg; sodium 668.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (34)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/07/2009
This was absolutely delicious easy to prepare and what a labor saver! I added garlic salt and some black pepper but otherwise this recipe went un-amended. I really liked the texture / consistency and have already recommended it to three of my friends! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/24/2010
I followed directions exactly but it was a watery mess after being in the oven for an hour -- I had to cook it for one hour longer. Even then it was kinda runny. Also the crumb crust actually SANK. I think I will seek out a recipe that is much more specific about the amount of liquid. I would have given it one star... BUT! I keep everything. I never throw anything away. So I stored this in the refrigerator overnight (after it was cooked and partly served) and YOWSAH! It was firm and when sliced and reheated quite YUMMY. So I'd have to say plan to cook it longer and if possible cook it a day ahead. Read More
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33 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 19
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 6
Rating: 5 stars
05/07/2009
This was absolutely delicious easy to prepare and what a labor saver! I added garlic salt and some black pepper but otherwise this recipe went un-amended. I really liked the texture / consistency and have already recommended it to three of my friends! Read More
(30)
Rating: 4 stars
05/21/2009
This recipe was SO easy! We followed the recipe and it was great. It was creamier due to the cottage cheese but it is baked mac and cheese so of course it's going to be drier. We covered it until the last 5 minutes or so. Will do again! Read More
(19)
Rating: 4 stars
02/22/2010
I gave this 4 stars mostly out of ease. This is one of the easiest fastest main dishes I have made off this site and it was GOOD. It wasn't creamy as others have mentioned but it was still really tasty. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that mine came out really greasy. I think I will cut down the butter next time. I also added some pepper because that is what I like. Otherwise this is a great recipe for a busy night. Pop it in the oven and forget about it. Read More
(19)
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Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2011
Great warm comfort food. This recipe is very similar to one I had. Difference being the bread crumbs on top. Had company tonight and the pan was gone. I baked this in an 7 x 11 pan. When you add the macaroni mixture to the pan cover with about 2 3/4 cups of boiling water. Don't stir. Cover with foil for 30 minutes - after 30 minutes gently chop the spoon through the mixture and bake uncovered for about 30 more minutes. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/24/2010
I followed directions exactly but it was a watery mess after being in the oven for an hour -- I had to cook it for one hour longer. Even then it was kinda runny. Also the crumb crust actually SANK. I think I will seek out a recipe that is much more specific about the amount of liquid. I would have given it one star... BUT! I keep everything. I never throw anything away. So I stored this in the refrigerator overnight (after it was cooked and partly served) and YOWSAH! It was firm and when sliced and reheated quite YUMMY. So I'd have to say plan to cook it longer and if possible cook it a day ahead. Read More
(12)
Rating: 1 stars
05/21/2009
My kids hated this mac and cheese...I followed the recipe perfect and it came just 'ok'. It is not creamy and cheesy at all. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/14/2010
I can't believe how easy this was. This is my new potluck dish because it's so easy and so unhealthy that I only want to eat one portion of it! I added frozen peas and will add broccoli next time too. I will try half the butter next time and lowfat cottage cheese. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/04/2009
If you want this to be creamier and cheesier, then add more water and cheese to your liking. this will be drier since it is a baked cafeteria style mac and cheese, not creamy like the boxed kind! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/31/2012
The only reason I didn't give the recipe 5 stars is because it was very greasy. You don't need butter/margarine if you grease the pan with spray. If available use 2% cheese. This recipe is the most sensible way to make mac and cheese (not boiling macaroni) and I use it as a base. Read More
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