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The Best Ever Macaroni And Cheese

The best ever macaroin and cheese

Are you a macaroni and cheese fan? I am. Granny never made it much when I was growing up-but I always looked for it as I walked along the side of a potluck table.

After I graduated high school I had 2 friends who basically lived on the boxed variety of macaroni and cheese. It was the first time any of us had ever been out on our own (we all hung out there) and it didn't take us long to realize groceries = money.

Even though it came in a box we all loved it-one girl said she liked the macaroni and cheese we made so much-because when her mother made it-she never drained the water out of the macaroni before adding the rest of the ingredients to the pot. We hysterically laughed about that as only all knowing teenage girls can. Now when I think about the mother and her watery macaroni I think well maybe that's how she like it! Age makes such a difference in how you view the world-even the world of macaroni.

After The Deer Hunter and I were married I made a macaroni and cheese recipe I found in my Betty Crocker Cookbook-and it was pretty good-miles above the box for sure.

Somewhere along the way 2 picky little girls who shall remain nameless decided they would only eat macaroni and cheese if it came in box. That's all Granny needed to hear-she practically bought stock in Kraft so that her malnourished (remember the gold fish) grandkids would have something to eat. So I gave up and made the box variety for years-until...

A few months ago I started rethinking the box and found a recipe for creamy macaroni and cheese on It's hands down the best macaroni and cheese I have ever eaten-period. However-it is neither the cheapest nor the one with the least amount of calories.

Creamy macaroni and cheese

You need:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup plain flour (all purpose)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups half-n-half
  • 2 cups milk
  • 20oz. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 10oz. shredded extra sharp cheese (or whatever cheese you like)
  • 16oz. cooked elbow macaroni

The best creamy macaroni and cheese

I usually have a block of cheddar cheese so I grate 20oz of that-then for the other 10ozes the recipe calls for-I use whatever I have on hand swiss, mozzarella, asigo, etc. 

Creamy macaroni and cheese recipe

In a large pot melt butter and gradually add flour while whisking over medium-high heat. Cook mixture for 2 minutes. Add in salt, pepper, mustard, and garlic powder.

Gradually pour in half-n-half and milk while whisking. Cook/whisk mixture for 8 to 10 minutes-until it thickens.

Best macaroni and cheese

Add half of the sharp cheddar cheese to the mixture-stirring until melted. Save the other half of sharp cheddar cheese to sprinkle on top of the macaroni.

Stir in the other variety of cheese-then stir in the cooked elbows. 

Macaroni and cheese

Pour macaroni into a greased 13x9 pan-sprinkle with reserved cheese-and bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes. 

Macaroni and cheese thats creamy

Not only is this the best macaroni and cheese ever-it reheats really well. Sometimes I'll make a pan over the weekend and we eat it during the week for those rushed weeknight suppers. 

The best part-this macaroni and cheese has even made a believer out of the picky girls-so I can say goodbye to the boxed variety-at least I think I can.


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Tipper, that is exactly the recipe I use for Mac and Cheese only I got my recipe from a church cookbook! I think that little bit of dry mustard gives it a little something special.

If I'm making it for just my husband and me, I like to add a bit of chopped red pepper for color and sweetness. Lovely photos of the goodness - got my tummy rumbling for sure!

Our Great Grandmother Fry made the yummiest mac & cheese I've ever had. Hers was what I call "snotty" in that it was creamy and stringy with cheese, but thick runny too so it didn't set up stiff like a cake.

On Cook's Country on PBS, they said to use canned Evaporated Milk instead of whole milk because whole milk has so much water in it, you have to use more flour to thicken it up, and that's how you end up with the "cake" kind. Whereas Evaporated Milk has had some of the water cooked out of it. I'm going to try that one day.

I'll surely try this recipe too because the pictures make it look like it's runny creamy like I like it. I've also heard adding a half cup of cottage cheese and half cup of cream cheese makes it creamy too. I'll try that one day also.

God bless.


Oh gotta try this.. I am a pig when it comes to Mac and Cheese.. We used to make it in the lunchroom at school but it sure wasn't made like

Not only is the home made mac and cheese better tasting, it is better for you as it doesn't have all the added chemicals that processed foods have to preserve it on the shelve.
Some years ago I posted about mac and cheese because it was my husband's favorite "vegetable" he said. I like to add pimento to my mac and cheese but that's just my taste. I don't make it very often because it is full of fat if it is any good and I just can't resist it when it is in the house.
Your recipe looks like a real keeper, Tipper. I have one that is a five cheese recipe and it is to die for.

To many appointments with the doctors today has me running late.
You reminded me of two little girls we babysat years ago. The younger one wouldn't eat the macaroni. She sucked the cheese off and tossed the macaroni to the floor. We tried to get her to leave it on her plate to no avail. I gave her another plate to put it on - didn't work either.
After they finished we were picking up the macaroni from the floor when her older sister said, "Mom doesn't do that. She waits till it dries and uses the vacumn."

PS...I meant to say that my eating mac and cheese was a two or three times a day thing and my comfort food for sure!...The only other thing I could tolerate was an occasional apple...go figure...
Yep, there went what figure I had left....
B. ruth....Thanks Tipper

I love the all time favorite comfort food Mac and Cheese.
When I was taking Chemo a few years ago, the only thing I could eat was mac and cheese with fresh tomatoes cut up on top. I knew that just eating the mac and cheese was probably not good for me and tomatoes were coming in so I guess the fresh tomatoes just added the flavor and vegetables..LOL...I told the doctor and he said, Go for it, soon you will be able to eat other things, just don't quit eating.... He said actually having extra weight at this time was good for me...I kept my promise and it has been 10 years since Chemo...I think I might need to slow down some now...LOL
Thanks Tipper, Sounds like a wonderful recipe...

Looks really good and I am a big fan of Mac & Cheese. What I really like is to put it under the broiler for a few minutes to brown the top of it. Wonderful!

A few years back I went on a search for the perfect cheesy potato soup recipe. After looking over and trying countless recipes I cobbled together my own from the parts I liked best. For some time now I have been doing the same process with macaroni and cheese.
I am probably pickier than those two whose names will not be mentioned. I don't like the box stuff at all, nor the texture of the ones with eggs in the recipe, and some of the white sauce based ones are a bit gluey. Yours looks lovely and creamy, you can bet I'll give it a try while I'm on my quest!

That looks wonderful! And there is really nothing better than homemade mac n cheese. Thanks for sharing :)

It's been years since I've had
baked Macaroni and cheese. Both my
girls love the macaroni in a box
with the pouch of creamed cheese.
(me too) But I like it with tomatoes just as well, if I have
some cornbread muffins to go along. I'll have to try your receipe soon...Ken

Love Mac and cheese!! Thanks for another great BP recipe that we will add to our collection. Sounds like it's time for another BP supper!

Ooooh. That looks like a good one. I might try this one on my "boxers", too.

My, Oh My! The pictures alone make me hungry for one of the greatest dishes ever concocted. It's hard to find any version or variation of macaroni and cheese that is not delicious. Like Jim Casada I prefer sharper cheeses but I wouldn't reject even the simplicity of shells and Cheese Whiz. But ... Yours may become the new standard in our kitchen. I guess I'll just keep this ever-burgeoning belly.

I have a picky little girl that lives off macaroni and cheese. I've made it so much that I don't even want to eat it anymore, unless it is homemade.

Tipper, I don't think I have ever again known as much as I did when I was a teenaged girl, and I don't suppose I ever will.
We didn't have mac&cheese growing up, so when I discovered those blue boxes it was something exotic! Then I started buying those tiny cans of tomato sauce (no spices, not pasta sauce, just watery tomato sauce) and mixing that in at the, I was really cooking! :) Now I love mac&cheese made with mixed cheeses (like you make it) and the sharper or stronger, the better. Sure would be good on a bitter cold day like this!

I use the Betty Crocker recipe!! I worked at a dialysis unit and our dietitian said my mac-n-cheese was delicious but it was a heart attack on a plate!!! I, too, use any and all cheese in addition to the sharp cheddar. I have to go now and get my ingredients together -- guess I'm baking mac-n-cheese tonight :)

Love mac and cheese, but the boxed variety is so full of who knows what, unhealthy - homemade is best.

The mac & cheese looks and sounds amazing. As old as I am I still only put Velveeta and butter in it. I dont know why I get so nervous when I think about making it from scratch. But I dont think I would add anything extra to this one if I got my nerve up and made it. Thanks for giving me something to do while it is way too cold to go outside.

Yes, I am a fan and that looks to be very tasty. Thanks for sharing, I will have to try that.

Yummy, yummy in my tummy, tummy! Gosh! This is such a wonderful looking and tasting recipe. I must try it. Thanks for another great tempting goodie!

Somebody said ham! How about bacon? Crumbled up and mixed in and/or sprinkled over the top. I can smell it and taste it now. That would be enough to bring me out of hibernation early.

Your stories always remind me of other stories. My neighbor was working in his garden one spring when another neighbor strolled by with his latest girlfriend. The young lady asked, "Whatcha planting?" Without missing a beat, my neighbor answered, "Macaroni." The young lady said, "Oh" as if planting macaroni was perfectly normal. Needless to say, she'd never given any thought to how her mac & cheese got into the blue and orange box.

i love mac and cheese and not the boxed kind, i love mothers kind, hers was some what like this but not quite.

Here I sit, 10 pounds into my weight loss, and you post this? There ought to be a law!
I love cheese in any form, but especially mac and cheese.

Tipper--Contrarian that I am (it is, after all, a mountain trait and in particular a Casada one), I'd suggest to for my tastes there are three other things worthy of consideration with it comes to the ultimate in mac and cheese. First, double the cheese, and the sharper the better. Secondly, I like enough milk in mine for there to be some liquid remaining. Finally, a dash or two of paprika is the lace on the bride's pajamas when it comes to this dish.

Jim Casada

I love homemade mac and cheese, but I have a house of kids who like the blue and yellow as well and a hubby who doesn't like it...period. Maybe I will have to visit you! :-) Thanks for sharing the looks yummy and I will try it and try to make converts.

My wife makes a macaroni pie in the oven that is wonderful. If you want to try something different but good in the stove top variety, add a few stewed tomatoes, it is really good!

Baked mac & cheese is pure heaven! Sometimes I even add diced up baked ham to mine to make it a one pan supper.

I'm going to try the recipe you shared. My Mama made the best mac and cheese ever. She baked hers in the oven and used macaroni, Cheddar, egg, canned milk, salt, pepper, and dots of butter. I remember that she never used grated cheese for she preferred very small cubes as they would melt to add their delicious goodness. I can still see her standing in the kitchen cubing the cheese with her big ole knife. Its blade was about eight inches long. She called it her butcher knife and used it for about everything up to and including paring fruit. Don't recall her ever cutting herself. I was not so lucky with it. Great memories to warm my heart on this cold morning.

Tipper, I am so glad to hear that the girls are no longer eating the mac in a box!
Mac and cheese really is one of the fine foods of life. I found a recipe when the Deer Hunter was little that we all liked. Mine is all baked. I've taken it to many pot luck suppers.
One of the secrets of good mac and cheese is to buy good cheese and I know you do that. I also use different varieties of cheese when I make it.

Oh my, YUM!

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