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Easy homemade mac and cheese in bowl

Easy Homemade Mac and Cheese Recipe

  • Author: Bren
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: American


Easy homemade mac and cheese recipe without processed ingredients that appeals to the the box mix lover from Stove top no bake recipe.


  • 2 cups uncooked macaroni (white or whole wheat)
  • 2 cups milk (I use 1% or skim)
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 1/21 teaspoons yellow mustard (prepared, not dried mustard)
  • 2 cups grated cheddar, monterey jack, mozzarella, or American cheese (I like to use a mixture of cheddar, mozzarella with about ¼ cup American)
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions until slightly hard (a little harder than al dente), drain and set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat, add flour to butter while continually stirring. Continue to stir and cook the butter and flour until it becomes fragrant, but does not brown.
  3. Add milk very slowly while whisking butter/flour mixture. Whisk constantly to make sure the sauce does not get lumpy. As you first add milk the sauce will stream and will be very thick (like mashed potatoes) but it will slowly get thinner and smoother as you add more milk and continue to whisk.
  4. Cook sauce over low heat until thickened. Stir in mustard and slowly add cheese, stirring continually until melted.
  5. Remove sauce from heat and stir in noodles. Allow the noodles and sauce to sit for 5-10 minutes before serving, the noodles will finish cooking in the hot sauce and absorb some of the sauce. Season with salt and pepper if desired.
  6. Options: Add 8-16 ounces of frozen vegetables while cooking the noodles. We like corn, peas or mixed vegetables. It’s an easy way to get extra vegetables into your diet.


Make extra sauce and freeze it to defrost and mix it into hot noodles the next time you want mac and cheese!


  • Serving Size: 3/4 cup
  • Calories: 331
  • Sodium: 302.1 mg
  • Fat: 16.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 29.2 g
  • Protein: 15.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 49.1 mg

Keywords: homemade macaroni and cheese

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