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Old-Fashioned Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Old-Fashioned Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Bring back the taste of days gone by with this ooey-gooey mac-and-cheese classic. A little ground mustard and hot pepper sauce give it just the right spice. —James Backman, Centralia, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. YIELD:12-16 servings


  • 3-1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni (about 12 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Few dashes hot pepper sauce
  • 3-1/2 cups milk
  • 5 cups (20 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided


  • 1. Cook macaroni in boiling water until almost tender; drain. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, melt butter. Stir in the flour, salt, mustard, pepper and pepper sauce until smooth. Cook for 1 minute or until bubbly. Stir in the macaroni, milk and 4 cups cheese.
  • 2. Transfer to an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Cover and bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until bubbly. Uncover; sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Yield: 12-16 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 249 calories, 15g fat (10g saturated fat), 52mg cholesterol, 416mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 12g protein.

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linda622 User ID: 459447 252879
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2016

"Great recipe, instead of shredding the cheese I cube it and put all 20 onces in a blender with the heated milk, then add it to the cooked flour and butter and stir in the cooked macaroni makes it much faster and I don't scrape my knuckles on the box grater. I add about 1 cup of crushed corn flakes sprinkled on the top before baking."

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 228016
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2015

"Great tasting mac & cheese! Nice, simple recipe, which is all you need!"

PennsyDutchy User ID: 7880491 17379
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2014

"Ok, but very pedestrian recipe for Mac and Cheese. Try Fontina for half the cheddar. Half and half for the milk. White pepper instead of hot sauce. The ground mustard is a good inclusion."

jamieanne68 User ID: 6529231 15592
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2013

"I have used sharp cheddar, and cubed velveeta, it was so creamy, and cheesy!!!"

cookinama User ID: 5947968 15586
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2013

"Really good Mac and cheese. I didn't have hot sauce so I left it out. I even used mild cheddar but I think sharp cheddar would be great too. I added buttered bread crumbs for the topping by mixing firm white bread with melted butter while it baked uncovered. Absolutely delish!"

NJ_mommy_1 User ID: 3034114 41847
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2013 Edited Oct. 6, 2013

"This was delicious! I took this to a church event and it was gobbled all up. Thanks for the recipe and I will definitely be making this again!!"

rockstaralice User ID: 4204585 40708
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2013

"This is my husband and 5 kiddos favorite Mac and cheese. My hubby is not a noodle person but it won him over. He loves it with steaks cooked in the oven with blue cheese, crushed croutons and chives. You won't be disappointed!"

kristena73 User ID: 2589042 12984
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2012

"I take this dish to many potlucks. Everybody loves it! I usually get a request for the recipe. Excellent!"

Fitzo User ID: 1442418 17508
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2012

"Use this one all the time. Grandkids just love it."

BevMacP User ID: 5636100 17962
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2012

"Best I have tried. My husband keeps asking me to make it over & over."

rbnoppie User ID: 4512431 42561
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2011

"I love this recipe!! It's great for get-togethers! The hot sauce truly makes a difference! Just cut in half to feed 4-5 people its easy!!!"

janie430 User ID: 2391070 43071
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2010

"This is a very tasty recipe. I did brown some loose sausage beforehand and added with the macaroni and cheese sauce. It added great flavor. My husband loves sausage so I tried it and it did not last in our house!"

janie430 User ID: 2391070 18744
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2010

"This is a very tasty recipe. I did brown some loose sausage beforehand and added with the macaroni and cheese sauce. It added great flavor. My husband loves sausage so I tried it and it"

cuddles16 User ID: 4330816 41808
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2009

"cut this recipe in half"

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