Homestyle Macaroni & Cheese

By Denise Edmister

Homestyle Macaroni & Cheese


Mr. Food


Nothing that comes out of a box will compare to our comforting recipe for Homestyle Macaroni and Cheese. The little bit of extra effort to do it ourselves will reap such a big pay-off, it's worth every moment!

Serves: 6

Cooking Time: 45 min

  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cups milk
  • 4 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup crushed saltine crackers


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large pot, cook macaroni according to package directions; drain and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, melt 1/2 cup butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add flour, salt, and pepper; mix well. Gradually add milk, bring to a boil, and cook until smooth and thickened, stirring constantly.
  4. Add Cheddar cheese and continue stirring until melted. Pour macaroni back into the pot. Add three-fourths of the cheese sauce; mix well.
  5. Spoon macaroni into baking dish and pour remaining cheese sauce evenly over top.
  6. In a medium bowl, melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in microwave. Stir in crushed crackers; mix until crumbs are evenly coated. Sprinkle evenly over top of macaroni. Bake uncovered for 30 to 35 minutes, or until heated through.


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