Creamy Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
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Creamy Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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This is the ultimate mac-and-cheese. It's creamy, thick and very rich, and it holds the wonderful cheddar flavor. Once you taste it, you will be hooked. —Cindy Hartley, Chesapeake, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 to 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 8 ounces process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 653 calories, 46g fat (30g saturated fat), 143mg cholesterol, 1141mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 25g protein.


  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°. In a large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add 1-1/2 cups milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat; stir in sour cream, process cheese, Parmesan cheese, salt, mustard and pepper until smooth and cheese is melted, adding additional milk to reach desired consistency.
  3. Drain macaroni; toss with cheddar cheese. Transfer to a greased 3-qt. baking dish. Stir in cream sauce.
  4. Bake, uncovered, 35-40 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Creamy Macaroni and Cheese in Simple & Delicious March/April 2007, p44

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Kimisha User ID: 9015776 259170
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2017

"This was amazing! I chose different shredded cheeses mixed mild cheddar, colby and sharp cheddar. I added about 2 TBS evaporated milk and used 1 1/2 2% milk and it was very creamy. Like the recipe states, "USE AS MUCH MILK AS NEEDED TO CREATE DESIRED RESULT" I will definitely be making this one again!"

beerling User ID: 1030672 258689
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2016

"Sauce is very thick. Looking for something more creamy"

Carol6319 User ID: 3377425 256376
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2016

"Fantastic! I left out the sour cream, added 8 oz Colby Jack, and 1 extra cup of milk."

Wild-kat User ID: 5617538 254582
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2016

"I love this recipe! I've made this recipe several times and have gotten many compliments. I agree with other reviews in that the sauce is thick, but it's very delicious. This is definitely a keeper :D"

Ruffshse User ID: 4225266 253222
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2016

"Really enjoyed added gouda cheese. Made this again today but for some reason it came out griddy. Dont know what i did wrong but it didnt do it before and i have made it many times. So i still give it a five."

juliedsteiner User ID: 7850533 250069
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2016

"I should have read the reviews with this one. The sauce is too thick and so the end product isn't as creamy as I'd like. It was too dry. For the effort this took, it wasn't worth it."

veggiemama User ID: 4640590 248579
Reviewed May. 24, 2016

"Very good!"

Katydidd76 User ID: 6995720 245242
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2016

"Very good with a little tweaking. I added a 1/2 cup of half and half to the cheese sauce and that gave it just the right consistency. I gently stirred the cheddar into the finished sauce off heat until melted, instead of tossing it with the pasta, and that worked out fine. I found it was easier to mix the sauce and the pasta together in a large bowl before transferring to baking dish (11x13 pan worked fine). I also sprinkled a liberal helping of shredded cheddar cheese over the top prior to baking."

pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 229438
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2015

"I didn't use all the cheese "sauce" this made. Mine came out a lot thicker than I expected. I will make this again but cut way back on the flour needed for this roux. I almost threw it out, but added almost twice the milk and kept on. It was tasty, but I think it was because of the seasonings. This recipe needs tweaking."

sjmdam User ID: 4248228 216742
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2015

"best mac n cheese I found yet. if you love cheese this ones for you! did have a lot of cheese sauce so I added more pasta"

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