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
close up on a baking dish of mom's favorite baked mac and cheese, with a spoonful coming out.

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  • 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.

    Sautéing onions in a buttered sauce pan for a few minutes.

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  3. Then stir in milk, salt, mustard, and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until mixture boils and thickens.

    Adding milk, salt, mustard and pepper to the onions, whisking until thickens.

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

  5. Add Cheddar and American cheeses to milk mixture; stir until cheese melts.

    Cheeses added to milk mixture.

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  6. Combine cheese sauce and macaroni in a 2-quart baking dish; mix well.

    a top down view of cheesy macaroni in a green baking dish.

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

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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