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Simple Macaroni and Cheese

Rated as 4.32 out of 5 Stars

"A very quick and easy fix to a tasty side-dish. Fancy, designer mac and cheese often costs forty or fifty dollars to prepare when you have so many exotic and expensive cheeses, but they aren't always the best tasting. This recipe is cheap and tasty."
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Ingredients

30 m servings 630 cals
Original recipe yields 4 servings

Directions

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  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, 8 minutes. Drain.
  2. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat; stir in flour, salt, and pepper until smooth, about 5 minutes. Slowly pour milk into butter-flour mixture while continuously stirring until mixture is smooth and bubbling, about 5 minutes. Add Cheddar cheese to milk mixture and stir until cheese is melted, 2 to 4 minutes.
  3. Fold macaroni into cheese sauce until coated.

Footnotes

  • You can never have enough cheese, and I usually add an extra half cup without ruining the recipe. Keep a careful eye on the milk when boiling, as milk boils fast and burns easily. Burnt milk will show up in the recipes flavor if overcooked.
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 630 calories; 33.6 g fat; 55 g carbohydrates; 26.5 g protein; 100 mg cholesterol; 777 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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For a simple macaroni and cheese recipe as the title suggests, this recipe was fabulous! I'm throwing out my box macaroni! My son loved this recipe as well. In the future, I may add some spic...

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This recipe lacked flavor, make sure you add in extra salt, seasoning, or top with bread crumbs. I've made many homemade macaroni and cheese dishes but the sauce was very runny this time. Not a ...

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For a simple macaroni and cheese recipe as the title suggests, this recipe was fabulous! I'm throwing out my box macaroni! My son loved this recipe as well. In the future, I may add some spic...

Made it almost exactly like the recipe stated, super easy on the first try. All I added was a dash of paprika and a little extra salt. One note, the amount of milk you add will heavily depend on...

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I think this is an awesome staple recipe. It can be tweaked for individual preferences. I added onion powder, parmesan cheese and a little bit of cayenne pepper.

I changed the recipe a little bit to fit what the kids would like and it came out wonderfully! 16oz noodles, 1/3 C. Butter, 1/3 C. Flour , 1/2 ts. Salt, 1/2 ts. Pepper, 3 C. Milk, and 3 1/2 C. C...

I followed this recipe exactly, and it turned out perfectly creamy and tasty! I didn't have excessive cheese sauce like some reviewers, but I made sure that I brought my flour, butter, and milk...

My kids have started asking for this over pizza for family movie night! And our 7 year old friend from Australia mentioned that the food at Tucanos Brazilian Barbeque and my Mac and Cheese are t...

This recipe lacked flavor, make sure you add in extra salt, seasoning, or top with bread crumbs. I've made many homemade macaroni and cheese dishes but the sauce was very runny this time. Not a ...

I changed this recipe a little--used 12oz can of evaporated milk and a cheddar cheese-pepperjack cheese mixture. I then placed it in a 9x9" greased cake pan, added a smattering of Italian bread...