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easy baked macaroni and cheese
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Easy Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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This homemade baked macaroni and cheese recipe is a crowd pleaser - small family dinner, kids or picky eaters - a big thumbs up from all! You will never go back to the boxed stuff again.
Prep Time:20 mins
Cook Time:25 mins
Total Time:45 mins




  • Large Saucepan
  • Baking Dish
  • Oven


  • 1 package elbow macaroni cooked according to package directions., 8oz
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 4oz, usually 1/2 package
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper


  • Cook macaroni according to package directions and set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, melt butter over low-medium heat and add flour, salt, pepper, paprika and ground red pepper. Whisk until smooth. Slowly add milk and continue whisking for 5 minutes while still over heat.
  • Remove from heat and immediately add 1 cup of the shredded cheese and stir in well until it a nice rich thick cheese sauce.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Grease a baking dish and add macaroni and cheese sauce and mix well.
  • Cover with remaining cup of shredded cheese and bake for 20-25 minutes until top is golden brown and bubbly.
  • Let stand for at least 15 minutes before serving.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 354kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 470mg | Potassium: 244mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 601IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 379mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked macaroni and cheese, creamy cheese, mac and cheese
Servings: 6
Calories: 354kcal