Classic Macaroni and Cheese

Take it back to basics with this Simple Macaroni and Cheese recipe. This is the perfect dish to whip up for your family on those nights when you don’t have time to make it to the supermarket. Just check your pantry and fridge for the ingredients!

The ingredients work together to create a flavorful meal that’s sure to hit the spot. Plus, this dish is an excellent way to use up the odds and ends of cheese–just adjust the amount of cheese you use based on what you have on hand.
Frequently Asked Questions Q: How long does it take to make this macaroni and cheese? A: This quick and easy recipe is ready in about 20 minutes!
Q: Can I use pre-shredded cheese instead of grating my own? A: Yes, pre-shredded cheese works perfectly in this recipe!
Q: What other types of cheese can be used in this recipe? A: Feel free to mix in different types of cheese to customize the macaroni and cheese to your tastes. Experiment with parmesan, gruyere, and swiss cheese to add a different flavor.
Q: How can I make the macaroni and cheese even more delicious? A: Try topping with crushed croutons, parmesan cheese, and/or parsley for extra flavor and texture.

Simple Macaroni and Cheese

3.4 from 16 votes
Course: SidesCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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This macaroni and cheese recipe is an easy-to-make classic that anyone will love. The combination of creamy cheese sauce and al dente macaroni makes this dish mouth-watering.


  • 1 (8 ounce) box elbow macaroni

  • 1/4 cup butter

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 cups milk

  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese


  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, 8 minutes. Drain.
  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat; stir in flour, salt, and pepper until smooth, about 5 minutes. Slowly pour milk into the butter-flour mixture while continuously stirring until the mixture is smooth and bubbling, about 5 minutes. Add Cheddar cheese to the milk mixture and stir until cheese is melted 2 to 4 minutes.
  • Fold macaroni into cheese sauce until coated.

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