Extra Creamy Macaroni & Cheese

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"This is extra creamy, you can skip the oven baking and just serve from the pot. Prep time does not include cooking the macaroni"

Original is 9 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (218.1 g)
  • Calories 506.1
  • Total Fat - 22.5 g
  • Saturated Fat - 13.7 g
  • Cholesterol - 64.8 mg
  • Sodium - 687.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 45.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.7 g
  • Sugars - 5.8 g
  • Protein - 30.1 g
  • Calcium - 792 mg
  • Iron - 0.8 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0.4 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2

Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking dish.

Step 3

Cook the pasta in a pot of boiling salted water until only halfway cooked (the pasta will soften more in the oven) drain then rinse under very cold water, drain again; set aside.

Step 4

Melt 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.

Step 5

Add in minced garlic, onion powder, mustard powder and cayenne pepper; stir with a wooden spoon for about 3-4 minutes.

Step 6

Add in flour and stir for 1 minute.

Step 7

Slowly add cream and cook stirring constantly over medium until bubbly and thickened.

Step 8

Reduce heat to low and add in both cheeses; mix until melted and smooth.

Step 9

Season with salt and black pepper to taste.

Step 10

Mix in the cooked pasta. Transfer to baking dish. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Step 11

Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F oven (bottom oven rack) for about 25-30 minutes or until hot an bubbly.


No special items needed.

8 Reviews


Made a great lunch! I have leftovers and we are happy about that. So creamy and screams comfort, which I am needing these days!


(8 Feb 2021)


Creamy is right! We really enjoyed this recipe, it's comfort food at it's best! I followed the recipe as stated and used shell pasta because that's what I had on hand. This is a do again. Thank you Kittencal for sharing. Made it for Pick Me tag game.


review by:
(11 Mar 2019)


Best mac n’ cheese I have had in years. Reminds me of the creamy mac n’ cheese they used to serve in my high school cafeteria 50+ years ago. I cut recipe in half easily and had enough for leftovers. I baked it in an 8-inch square pan.


review by:
(9 Feb 2019)

Junk Food Joanne

I have made this several times and each time it is loved by all who are here to eat it with us! Must try!


review by:
(27 Dec 2017)


No kidding, I will never make boxed macaroni again after seeing how my family inhaled this mac n cheese! This is the best in taste, and the only one I will make from now on!


review by:
(7 Oct 2013)


What a wonderful macaroni and cheese it is! It was so creamy and the cheeses tasted so delicious togrther. This is the one I will be making from here on out!


review by:
(25 Sep 2013)

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