Baked Macaroni & Cheddar

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"Adapted from Prairie Home Cooking. This is the way my Mother used to make macaroni and cheese. The pasta measurement is the measurement for the dried pasta. I like this with cavatappi instead of elbows."

Original is 5 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (150.2 g)
  • Calories 323.9
  • Total Fat - 15.7 g
  • Saturated Fat - 9.6 g
  • Cholesterol - 46 mg
  • Sodium - 1057.4 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 24.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.9 g
  • Sugars - 4 g
  • Protein - 20.9 g
  • Calcium - 589.5 mg
  • Iron - 0.5 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Bring water to a boil; cook macaroni to al dente stage according to package directions. Drain well.

Step 3

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes.

Step 4

Whisk in milk and continue cooking, stirring constantly, until sauce thickens, about 5 minutes.

Step 5

Stir in salt, pepper and paprika and remove from heat. Stir in 1/4 cup of the cheese.

Step 6

Spread half the macaroni over the bottom of a lightly greased 1 quart baking dish.

Step 7

Spread half the remaining cheese over the macaroni. Top with remaining macaroni.

Step 8

Pour sauce over the macaroni.

Step 9

Top with the remaining cheese.

Step 10

Bake until bubbly and lightly browned, about 20 minutes.

Step 11

Let rest 5 minutes before serving.


No special items needed.

2 Reviews


This recipe was just what I was looking for - a good old fashioned Mac & Cheese. We loved it! Froze 2 double portions for future.7 Sept2015 Took a saved Mac & Cheese from the freezer it was just as good as last time.11Nov 16 Made it again and froze 2 futureservings. 23 Nov 16 Used some frozen. Loved it added some Thai Chili sauce on top.


review by:
(22 Aug 2015)


Very good - we doubled the recipe using the whole box of wagon wheel macaroni and my family loved it! Thanks for sharing!


review by:
(15 Jun 2015)

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