Mom's Favorite Baked Mac and Cheese


This creamy baked mac and cheese recipe is one I first made three years ago when I was in California. When I got back to Texas, I made it for my mom. This is now her favorite macaroni and cheese. She begs me to make it when I come to visit.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins


  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups milk

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 (8 ounce) package elbow macaroni

  • 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

  • 1 (8 ounce) package processed American cheese, cut into strips


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

  2. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Sauté onion for 2 minutes. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Then stir in milk, salt, mustard, and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until mixture boils and thickens.

  3. Meanwhile, bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add macaroni and cook until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes; drain.

  4. Add Cheddar and American cheeses to milk mixture; stir until cheese melts. Combine cheese sauce and macaroni in a 2-quart baking dish; mix well.

  5. Bake in preheated oven until hot and bubbly, about 30 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.

    high angle looking at a casserole dish of mac and cheese with a spoonful resting inside
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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

561 Calories
33g Fat
37g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 561
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 33g 43%
Saturated Fat 21g 104%
Cholesterol 100mg 33%
Sodium 1194mg 52%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 643mg 49%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 287mg 6%

* 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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