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Baked Macaroni and Cheese (The Easiest Recipe!)

  • Author: Serene
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 1x
  • Category: main dish, side dish,
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American


Baked Macaroni and Cheese. This classic recipe is creamy, cheesy, and baked to get that crispy cheese coating on the top. This dish is sure to be a highlight! Serve as an easy family dinner, or as a side dish for a holiday meal, or with BBQ! 



  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper (can use black also)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3 cups milk (whole milk or milk of preference)
  • 3 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (divided)
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 8 ounces elbow noodles



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling add about 1 tablespoon of salt. Stir. Pour in the elbow noodles. Let cook for several minutes, stirring occasionally. Cook until the noodles are just before al dente. 
  3. Pour the noodles into a strainer in the sink, run cold water over the noodles to stop further cooking. Pour noodles back into the pot and set aside. If noodles start sticking you can drizzle a small amount of olive oil. 
  4. In a large skillet or pot, melt the butter over medium heat.
  5. Whisk in the flour and seasonings (salt, pepper, ground mustard, garlic powder and onion powder.)
  6. Let cook for 2-3 minutes to cook the flour. 
  7. Whisk in the milk. Continue stirring while cooking over medium heat until the mixture is thick. (5-7 minutes)
  8. Remove from heat and add in 2 cups of shredded cheese and the cream cheese. 
  9. Stir while the cheeses melt. 
  10. Add the macaroni noodles to the sauce. Stir to combine. 
  11. Pour into a baking dish. Top with remaining 1 cup of cheese. 
  12. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes, until sauce is bubbling. 
  13. Turn on broiler and broil the macaroni and cheese for another 2-3 minutes until the top is golden brown and crispy. 
  14. Remove from the oven. Let cool briefly before serving. 
  15. Serve warm and enjoy! 


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 263
  • Sugar: 5 g
  • Fat: 13 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 9 g
  • Cholesterol: 39 mg

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