Simple Macaroni and Cheese Quick, easy, and tasty macaroni and cheese 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 simple recipe is cheap and tasty.

cook: 15 mins total: 25 mins prep: 10 mins Servings: 4 Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 (8 ounce) box elbow macaroni
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese


    Step 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.

    Step 2

    At the same time, melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add flour, salt, and pepper and stir until smooth, about 5 minutes. Pour in milk slowly, while stirring continuously. Continue to cook and stir until mixture is smooth and bubbling, about 5 minutes, making sure the milk doesn’t burn.

    Step 3

    Add Cheddar cheese and stir until melted, 2 to 4 minutes.

    Step 4

    Drain macaroni and fold into cheese sauce until coated.

Cook's Note:

You can never have enough cheese, and I usually add an extra 1/2 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 recipe’s flavor if overcooked.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 630 calories; protein 26.5g; carbohydrates 55g; fat 33.6g; cholesterol 99.6mg; sodium 777mg.


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