Simple Macaroni and Cheese Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Simple Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
  • READY IN 30 mins

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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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
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  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins
  • READY IN

    30 mins

Directions

  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.
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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.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 25, 2014

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 spice or what not but this is an amazing base mac & cheese recipe.

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 06, 2014

Skip liked it. I think it needs more flavor/spices.

 

22 Ratings

Aug 07, 2014

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 and was delighted that it was so easy and I thought the result was great. It hit the spot!

 
Oct 14, 2014

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.

 
Oct 08, 2014

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 crumbs and baked for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

 
Sep 12, 2014

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 mixture to a good boil, so maybe that made a difference??

 
Sep 06, 2014

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.

 
Aug 04, 2014

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 bad recipe, as Christina said, it is easy to customize!

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 630 kcal
  • 32%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 55 g
  • 18%
  • Cholesterol
  • 100 mg
  • 33%
  • Fat
  • 33.6 g
  • 52%
  • Fiber
  • 2.1 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 26.5 g
  • 53%
  • Sodium
  • 777 mg
  • 31%

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

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