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Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Mmm Homemade Macaroni and Cheese… a classic favorite. This recipe is kid approved with no extra seasonings or *gasp* a crunchy baked topping. My kids love their macaroni and cheese super plain so they love this recipe. Also, Henry got to work on the stove for the first time today!

How to make Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

First, cook your macaroni according to the package in salted water. Once cooked pour into strainer and set aside. You’re going to use the same pot to make your cheese sauce. To make the roux, melt the butter over medium-low heat then stir in the flour. Cook for 2 minutes while stirring constantly.

Next, add your milk and stirring constantly bring to a boil. Stir until thickened slightly about 3-4 minutes. Lower heat and slowly add the cheese stirring after each addition so cheese melts thoroughly. Taste sauce and season to taste with salt and pepper. (My kids aren’t a fan of pepper they can see so I added pepper to my own bowl after I served it.) Once all cheese is melted add cooked macaroni back to pot and stir to coat all pasta.

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese in 2 bowls

Serve and enjoy! This recipe can also be baked. Simply mix together a little melted butter with bread crumbs. Put finished macaroni and cheese into a baking dish and top with bread crumbs then bake at 350 degrees for about 10-20 minutes.

If you are having your kids help in the kitchen more, check out our post 5 Reasons Why You Should Cook with your Kids for more tips! This was Henry’s first time using the stove and he loved it… but probably not the constant reminders from me that the stove is hot!

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homemade macaroni and cheese
Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Classic homemade Macaroni and Cheese.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb elbow macaroni
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to packaging. Drain and set aside.
  2. In the same pot, melt butter over medium-low heat.
  3. Add flour and whisk constantly 1-2 minutes to cook flour.
  4. Add milk and bring to a boil. Continue to stir until thickened about 3-4 minutes.
  5. Lower heat and slowly begin to add cheese. Stir well between additions. Continue to stir until all cheese has been added and is melted. Season sauce with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Add cooked macaroni to sauce and stir to coat.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Kids will love it! Serve as a main dish or side dish.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 400Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 399mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 16g

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Originally published on November 10, 2018 and updated on February 17, 2020.

Kyle

Thursday 21st of March 2019

It is great baked also! I replaced the elbows with shells and put some bread crumbs on it. Hit at the birthday party!

Melissa

Friday 22nd of March 2019

Awesome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it!

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