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Simple Macaroni and Cheese

Simple Macaroni and Cheese

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"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
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Original recipe yields 4 servings

Nutrition

  • Calories:
  • 630 kcal
  • 32%
  • Fat:
  • 33.6 g
  • 52%
  • Carbs:
  • 55g
  • 18%
  • Protein:
  • 26.5 g
  • 53%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 100 mg
  • 33%
  • Sodium:
  • 777 mg
  • 31%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * 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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  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.

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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...

I was starving and discovered that I had just enough milk, cheddar cheese, butter, and elbow macaroni at home. So, I thought I should be able to make a quick mac and cheese. I found this recipe...

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 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...

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 doubled the recipe and added cheddar sausage, garlic salt, cayenne pepper and baked at 400 for about 20 minutes for it to get brown on top.

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 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...

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...

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