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Budget Macaroni and Cheese

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


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


  • 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.
  • Drain macaroni. Add to the cheese mixture; toss to coat.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 412 calories, 20g fat (13g saturated fat), 61mg cholesterol, 437mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 15g protein.

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  • Laura 1207
    Dec 19, 2017

    awful, sticky, tasted like paste

  • VenusDoomed
    Jan 11, 2015

    We made this for Thanksgiving (just the 2 of us). It was good. I definitely think the flavor should be kicked up a notch when making it again as it did taste a little too much like flour. :)

  • popoaggie
    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.

  • ClarkR
    Dec 9, 2012

    Good and easy to make.

  • PreciousPirate
    Dec 4, 2012

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

  • Wingding52
    Dec 31, 2011

    Nothing special. More like a box recipie.

  • thinlynn
    Aug 10, 2011

    I made this recipe for my teen son and I for dinner tonight, and it was delicious.

  • kpeown
    Jul 10, 2011

    Just made this to bring for a cookout. It turned out delicious as is but to give it a little more of a kick I added some sour cream, paprika, and ground mustard. I also topped it with extra cheddar cheese!

  • MrsKase
    Jun 17, 2011

    I used a 12 oz. package of Wacky Mac Veggie pasta shapes, I increased the milk by a 1/2 cup and used a blend of shredded Cheddar and Montery Jack cheese. I added a pound of sliced turkey dogs. Everybody liked this.

  • Tarheel91
    Feb 22, 2011

    I made this recipe as written. The end result was not to my liking. It was creamy but tasted too much like flour. It was edible but dull and not worth the calories. I won't make it again.