Real Macaroni and Cheese

This is a kids’ classic that is not just for kids! Serve it with broiled tomatoes and a green salad for a delicious meal. This recipe can be divided into individual portions and frozen before it is baked, and then baked at a later date for a quick weeknight dinner.

Serves: 6Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 1 hour 5 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • 2¾ cups milk
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ⅛ tsp. ground pepper
  • ⅛ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 3 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 16 oz. elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 9" x 13" baking dish.
  • Melt the butter in a medium-size saucepan. Stir in the flour and dry mustard; cook (stirring) over medium heat for 2 minutes.
  • Add the milk and whisk over medium heat until mixture thickens, whisking constantly to prevent burning on the bottom. Stir in the salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper. Remove from heat.
  • Stir in the cheese and let the mixture sit for a minute. Stir again to smooth out the melted cheese.
  • Pour cooked macaroni into the casserole dish; add cheese sauce. Mix until macaroni is coated with cheese.
  • Sprinkle bread crumbs on top of the casserole and bake for 45 minutes, until browned and bubbly on the edges. Serve warm.

Recipe Information

Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • 2¾ cups milk
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ⅛ tsp. ground pepper
  • ⅛ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 3 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 16 oz. elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 9" x 13" baking dish.
  • Melt the butter in a medium-size saucepan. Stir in the flour and dry mustard; cook (stirring) over medium heat for 2 minutes.
  • Add the milk and whisk over medium heat until mixture thickens, whisking constantly to prevent burning on the bottom. Stir in the salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper. Remove from heat.
  • Stir in the cheese and let the mixture sit for a minute. Stir again to smooth out the melted cheese.
  • Pour cooked macaroni into the casserole dish; add cheese sauce. Mix until macaroni is coated with cheese.
  • Sprinkle bread crumbs on top of the casserole and bake for 45 minutes, until browned and bubbly on the edges. Serve warm.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories710
Total Fat33g
Saturated Fat18g
Cholesterol85mg
Sodium940mg
Total Carbohydrate73g
Dietary Fiber4g
Sugars8g
Protein29g