Easy Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Easy Homemade Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Easy Homemade Macaroni and Cheese Recipe is your go-to recipe for a classic, comfort food dinner.

It’s simple enough for anyone to make and requires basic ingredients like butter, flour, milk, and, of course, cheese.

The star of the show is the creamy, cheesy sauce that coats the macaroni perfectly.

This dish is great on its own, but you can also pair it with a side salad or some steamed veggies for a complete meal.

If you’re in the mood to get a bit creative, feel free to add in extras like cooked bacon or breadcrumbs for a crunchy topping.

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Tips and Tricks

Achieving Creamy Sauce

For a smooth and creamy sauce, make sure to stir continuously when adding the milk to the flour and butter mixture. This helps prevent lumps and ensures the sauce thickens evenly.

Cheese Melting Tip

To ensure the cheese melts smoothly, add it to the sauce in small batches, stirring well after each addition. This helps it incorporate evenly into the sauce without clumping.

Even Baking

For even baking, cover the casserole dish with foil for the first 10 minutes of baking. This helps the casserole heat through without the top browning too quickly. Remove the foil for the last 10 minutes to allow the breadcrumbs and cheese to crisp up.

Breadcrumbs Topping

For an extra crunchy topping, toast the breadcrumbs in a dry skillet over medium heat for a few minutes before mixing with melted butter. This adds an extra layer of texture to your dish.

Reheating Leftovers

To reheat leftovers without drying them out, cover the casserole with foil and bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for about 15-20 minutes, or until heated through. You can also add a splash of milk before reheating to keep the macaroni and cheese creamy.

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Easy Homemade Macaroni and Cheese in a red casserole dish with a fork in it. Fresh cheese is next to it.

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Easy Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Nesting Lane Indulge
Easy Homemade Macaroni and Cheese Recipe is a classic comfort food dinner the whole family will love. Just a 10 minute prep time!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4



  • In a large saucepan, melt 3 tablespoons of butter over low heat.
  • Add flour and salt to the saucepan, cooking and stirring for 1 minute.
  • Slowly pour in the milk, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens.
  • Mix in the cheese product and 1½ cups of shredded cheese until they melt.
  • Stir the cooked macaroni into the saucepan.
  • Transfer the mixture into a lightly greased 1½ quart casserole dish.
  • In a small bowl, melt 1 tablespoon of butter and mix it with the breadcrumbs.
  • Sprinkle the top of the casserole with the remaining ½ cup of shredded cheese and the breadcrumb mixture.
  • Bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees F for 20 minutes, or until everything is hot and bubbly.


Note: For a richer taste replace part of the milk with evaporated milk.


Calories: 477kcalCarbohydrates: 36.2gProtein: 20.3gFat: 27.8gSaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 8.2mgSodium: 1010.9mgFiber: 1.3gSugar: 2.7g
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