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Mom's Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
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Mom's Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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The wonderful homemade goodness of this creamy macaroni and cheese makes it a staple side dish in my mother's kitchen and in mine as well. It has tender noodles and a crowd-pleasing golden crumb topping. -Maria Costello, Monroe, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 ounces process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
  • 2 tablespoons dry bread crumbs

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 309 calories, 20 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 60 mg cholesterol, 569 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 11 g protein.


  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Stir in flour, salt and pepper until smooth. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat. Add the cheeses, stirring until cheese is melted. Drain macaroni.
  2. Transfer macaroni to a greased 1-1/2-qt. baking dish. Pour cheese sauce over macaroni; mix well. Melt the remaining butter; add the bread crumbs. Sprinkle over top. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 30 minutes or until heated through and topping is golden brown. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Mom's Macaroni and Cheese in Taste of Home April/May 1998, p35

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 309 calories, 20 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 60 mg cholesterol, 569 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 11 g protein.

Full-Bodied White Wine

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

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Reviewed Apr. 11, 2015

"This is the only homemade macaroni and cheese recipe I've tried and it is a winner! I leave out the bread crumbs and it is still delicious! I've made it for gatherings and they gobbled it up."

Reviewed Dec. 27, 2014

"Delicious and easy to make. I forgot to add the bread crumbs, but my family didn't realize it and I didn't tell them:)"

Reviewed Oct. 26, 2014

"I upped the Velveeta to 4 oz and the cheddar cheese to over a cup. I also added 1 tsp sugar and 1/4 tsp mustard powder and increased the bread crumbs because I love mac & cheese with a lot of toasted bread crumbs. It turned out sooooo yummy. The whole family loved it! I will make again (so I can use up more of the Velveeta I bought for some odd reason)."

Reviewed Oct. 14, 2014

"what I liked about it was the ease of making it. and it was a hit with my husband."

Reviewed Sep. 7, 2014

"This has been one of my favorite mac and cheese recipes, and there are times I just crave it! The one thing my family likes is to brown a pound of sausage and add to this before baking. A great side dish is some applesauce. :-)"

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