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Easy Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Easy Macaroni And Cheese

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
An delicious recipe for homemade easy macaroni and cheese. 
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings


  • 1 (8 ouncbox elbow macaroni
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 oz cream cheese cut in cubes
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheese such as cheddar or colby jack
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Optional: you can add a splash of hot sauce or a tsp of mustard powder if desired


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in boiling water, stirring occasionally, and cooking according to package directions. I prefer to cook mine al dente and not overcook.
    Easy Mac And Cheese Recipe
  • Meanwhile in a separate pan, melt butter in a medium to large sauce pan over medium heat; stir in cream cheese until well combined. Stir in flour, salt, and pepper until smooth, about 5 minutes. Slowly pour milk into pan while stirring until mixture is smooth and starting to gently boil, about 3-5 minutes. Add cheese to mixture and stir until cheese is melted and well combined.
  • Pour cheese sauce over drained macaroni and stir gently until cheese sauce is well combined with pasta. Serve immediately.



  • Feel free to change up the types of cheeses you use in this recipe. Even the same variety of cheese, from different brands, can bring a different taste to your dish. 
  • Using a block of cheese that you grate yourself works better than buying pre-grated or shredded cheese. Typically the pre-grated cheese does not melt as smoothly as freshly grated cheese does. 


Calories: 340kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 422mg | Potassium: 189mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 560IU | Calcium: 226mg | Iron: 0.8mg
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