October 03, 2014

Cooking | Classic Baked Macaroni & Cheese

Who doesn't like macaroni and cheese? Yes, Kraft Dinner can be convenient when you are in a rush or simply lazy, but a "true" macaroni and cheese fresh from the oven, topped with breadcrumbs, is pretty hard to beat if you ask me! This recipe is pretty easy - as long as you make sure to stir constantly, this is really important! - just like I like them! 

  • 1 (8 ounce) package macaroni
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded good quality
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, buttered

Preheat oven to 400°F. Cook and drain macaroni according to package directions; set aside. In a large saucepan melt butter. Add flour mixed with salt and pepper, using a whisk to stir until well blended.

Pour milk and cream in gradually, stirring constantly. Bring to boiling point and boil 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and cook 10 minutes, stirring constantly.

Add shredded cheddar little by little and simmer an additional 5 minutes, or until cheese melts.

Turn off flame. Add macaroni to the saucepan and toss to coat with the cheese sauce. Transfer macaroni to a buttered baking dish, then sprinkle with breadcrumbs.

Bake 20 minutes until the top is golden brown.

(You can also freeze this recipe in zip-lock bags for later use - once you have mixed the macaroni along with the cheese sauce allow to cool to room temperature before adding to your freezer - I generally pull it out the night before and allow macaroni and cheese to reach room temperature; I then add the macaroni and cheese to a buttered baking dish, sprinkle with bread crumbs and then bake for 20 to 30 minutes, until golden brown on top and bubbling.


Original recipe from Food.com


  1. I feel sorry for anyone who can't eat cheese or milk, macaroni cheese is just the best, especially for comfort food! This looks so yummy, really makes me wanna go downstairs and have midnight macaroni cheese. :3


    1. Ahahah I totally agree! And I'm trying to go vegan eventually... sigh!