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The easiest macaroni and cheese recipe

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  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 Hour
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Casserole
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


This easy, homemade macaroni and cheese recipe is sure to delight. All you need is a few ingredients you probably have at home and a little bit of time.


  • 2 cups dry macaroni
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 cups sharp or extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 4 Tablespoons salted butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit. 
  2. Cook macaroni as directed on package
  3. While macaroni is cooking, in large saucepan melt butter on low
  4. When butter is fully melted, slowly start sprinkling flour in the pan and continuously mix. The idea is that the mixture of flour and butter will form almost a paste.
  5. Pour in just a little of the milk and whisk until smooth. Keep on repeating until all milk is blended in.
  6. Turn heat to medium-high and continuously stir. We want to get the sauce just to boiling and thicken.
  7. When the sauce starts to heat up, you will notice it start to thicken. Just continue to stir and once boiling, continue stirring for one minute.
  8. Remove from direct heat and slowly add 2 cups of the cheese to the bechamel while stirring.
  9. Once this is a smooth sauce, add cheese sauce and drained macaroni to a baking dish and mix together.
  10. Add remaining 2 cups of cheese to top of macaroni and cheese
  11. Put the dish into the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until top layer of cheese is golden brown.
  12. Serve!