Budget Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
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Budget Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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This is a quick and creamy main dish. I've tried many macaroni and cheese recipes, but this is my favorite.—Debbie Carlson, San Diego, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (7 ounces) elbow macaroni
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Dash pepper
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 412 calories, 20 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 61 mg cholesterol, 437 mg sodium, 44 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 15 g protein.

Directions

  1. Cook the macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add the flour, salt and pepper; stir until smooth; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in cheese until melted.
  2. Drain macaroni. Add to the cheese mixture; toss to coat. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Budget Macaroni and Cheese in Taste of Home April/May 1995, p19

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 412 calories, 20 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 61 mg cholesterol, 437 mg sodium, 44 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 15 g protein.

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

Reviews for Budget Macaroni and Cheese

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Reviewed Feb. 17, 2014

I added extra 1/2 cup of pepper cheese and kicked the flavor up a bit. Also put it under the broiler for a few minutes for a little extra crunch.

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Reviewed Dec. 9, 2012

Good and easy to make.

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Reviewed Dec. 4, 2012

After making this recipe we tasted too much flour and not enough seasonings and cheese.

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Reviewed Apr. 23, 2012

Very simple. Very quick. Very tasty!

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Reviewed Dec. 31, 2011

Nothing special. More like a box recipie.

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