Simple 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!

Simple Macaroni and Cheese

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  • 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 butter-flour mixture while continuously stirring until mixture is smooth and bubbling, about 5 minutes. Add Cheddar cheese to milk mixture and stir until cheese is melted, 2 to 4 minutes.
  • Fold macaroni into cheese sauce until coated.

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