Baked Mac & Cheese Recipe
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Baked Mac & Cheese Recipe

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"I have added other ingredients like turkey, broccoli and cauliflower, to make this a full meal. The possibilities are endless!" Denise Hash, Billings, MT
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 4 cups uncooked spiral pasta
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Dash ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup cubed process cheese (Velveeta)

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 428 calories, 20g fat (13g saturated fat), 66mg cholesterol, 602mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 19g protein.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. In a large saucepan, melt butter; stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add milk; stir in the salt, pepper, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and nutmeg. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in cheeses until melted.
  2. Drain pasta; stir in cheese sauce. Transfer to an ungreased 2-qt. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Baked Mac & Cheese in Taste of Home February/March 2010, p70

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OrchardHeightsChef User ID: 7825582 211536
Reviewed May. 28, 2014

"Didn't love it. Maybe I needed to cook the sauce a little longer before combining the sauce with the noodles, but it was grainy and runny. I've made that sauce before as a gravy many a times, and it's never tasted grainy. Maybe it was the cheddar cheese? Who knows? But I'll keep looking for that Homemade Mac n' Cheese recipe that I remembered eating as a kid!"

shecooksalot User ID: 5888460 171386
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2014

"A good little mac & cheese recipe that lends itself to lots of variations. Really easy to mix up and great flavor."

Inkasi888 User ID: 5398776 109939
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2011

"It was okay. The flavor was kind of flat and leftovers were pretty sticky. I may make a variation of this to add more flavor."

Rberven User ID: 5635393 175463
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2011

"The Best"

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 211535
Reviewed May. 10, 2011

"Had a good texture and taste. Simple to make. Will definitely made this again."

Ashley Nichole User ID: 5555380 171072
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2011

"I added some ham and topped it with bread crumbs and it turned out great!!! The kids love it!"

teresamullin User ID: 5081592 171071
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2011

"I really liked this recipe. It is the fourth different mac n cheese recipe I have tried and this one is my favorite. I add 1 lb. of pasta and almost double the seasonings. I have also made it with more shredded cheese. I tried making the night before and re-heating, not so good. Best to make and serve immediately. To reheat leftovers, I add a little milk to it then heat in microwave."

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