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Ultimate Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
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Ultimate Macaroni and Cheese

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"This is America's favorite comfort food--tender macaroni, rich and cheesy sauce and a crisp crumb topping."

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Original recipe makes 15 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    1 hr


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cook macaroni in large saucepan as directed on package for al dente pasta. Rinse under cold water; drain well.
  2. Melt butter in same saucepan on medium heat. Sprinkle with flour and seasonings. Cook and stir 2 minutes or until well blended. Gradually stir in milk until smooth. Stirring constantly, cook 3 minutes or until sauce starts to thicken. Stir in cheese until melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Add macaroni; toss gently to coat. Pour into greased 13x9-inch baking dish. Mix panko and paprika; sprinkle evenly over top.
  3. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown on top. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 06, 2014

This was a great creamy plain old fashioned macaroni and cheese. The first time I made it I used whipping cream and sour cream in place of all the milk. Wow... creamy, comforting and fattening. I did not use garlic powder because even though I love it, it did not sound good in mac and cheese. I had no ground mustard so I left that out, and the amount of pepper sounded way off base so I only used 1/4-1/2 t until it tasted good to me. I also used crushed corn flakes instead of bread crumbs to the top of the casserole and drizzled the whole thing with another 1/2 cup of melted butter. I baked it about 45-50 minutes, because it was not hot and bubbly in the center at 30 minutes. Definitely use a larger pan if you have one. This went right to the top of my largest oblong glass dish.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 27, 2013

Too much flour! The texture was PASTY!! Otherwise, a good recipe. Next time I will use less flour & really didn't need that much black pepper either. Especially when feeding this to little kids.

Jan 13, 2014

made this for x mas dinner it was a hit!

Sep 17, 2014

I made this for the family, and they lost their minds! The only changes I made were that I used 2 cups of sharp white cheddar, 2 cups of mild cheddar, and 2 cups of Gouda cheese. I also used whole wheat panko bread crumbs on top and I had more than enough crumbs left over. I also added a few cups of leftover ham that was in the fridge, which I browned well first. I had no issues with the texture of the sauce; it was perfectly smooth and creamy. Be sure to stir constantly as you add the milk and while it's thickening.

Oct 20, 2014

This recipe is fantastic. I don't change it one bit, it tastes like old fashioned mac and cheese.

Aug 13, 2014

This mac & cheese was Delicious! Starting with a rue makes for a creamy sauce. I used the suggested 1 & 1/2 cups of panko on top. Next time, I will reduce the amount to 1 cup. I took a pole of my 6 guests as we were eating. Everyone gave this recipe "two thumbs up".

Dec 28, 2014

Very similar to the recipe I have been making or years. The only difference is I use white paper instead of black and mixture of different cheeses. A pinch of nut mage doesn't hurt either in it.

May 10, 2014

I think this is a really great recipe. I have made it twice now. The first time I followed the recipe exactly except that I used about a cup of heavy cream I had in the refrigerator and I didn't have ground mustard so I used @ 1 tsp of Gouldens. The only only small problem I found with this recipe was that there is way too much cheese sauce. Luckily last time I had some leftover pasta in the fridge so I added it in and the problem was solved. My family devoured it!! I made it again today for a BBQ by request. I needed to double the recipe and ended up with too much sauce again even though I really tried to quarter it.(That's probably on me!!) At any rate, I just made more pasta and now I have more for the party:)


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  • Calories
  • 413 kcal
  • 21%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 36.4 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 65 mg
  • 22%
  • Fat
  • 22.2 g
  • 34%
  • Fiber
  • 1.2 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 19.2 g
  • 38%
  • Sodium
  • 550 mg
  • 22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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