Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

baked macaroni cheese recipe is a simple and easy recipe to make Macaroni and Cheese.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese: The Best Recipe 

Mac and cheese recipe is going to take you for a spin! It uses the optimal combination of cheeses to make the creamiest, cheesiest, most comforting macaroni and cheese you'll ever have!

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Really easy! Make sure you don’t burn the Roax, that’s very important in the Mac and cheese!

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what you need to make baked mac n cheese

Homemade baked macaroni and cheese are my most favorite,  try and you’ll see why.

To make this homemade baked mac and cheese recipe you'll need the following ingredients:


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups half & half
  • 1/2 tsp black ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard powder
  • 1 lb. macaroni pasta cooked al dente
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 stick unsalted butter softened
  • 1 lb. Deli-style American cheese block We used Cooper Cheese
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp kosher salt divided, for cheese sauce flavor and pasta water.
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 16 ounces New York-style sharp cheddar

How to Make Creamy Homemade Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Follow these directions to prepare this easy baked macaroni and cheese:

Boil pasta until al dente in salted water. I add 1/2 tsp. of salt to my water while boiling for flavor.

Grate cheddar and American cheese and set aside.

Over medium heat, melt butter in a large saucepan. Once melted, whisk in the flour and continue to whisk until combined. 

Slowly pour in 1 cup of milk and 1 cup of half and a half while continuously whisking. Add the rest of the milk and whisk. 

The mixture should be thick and smooth and not bumpy; add spices.

Once pasta is al dente, strain pasta, and mix with 1 tsp of oil. Add pasta to the Pyrex dish; and set aside.

Preheat oven to 350° f.

Reduce stove temperature to the lowest setting, and stir in the cream cheese. Whisk to combine. 

The mixture will thicken up even more.

Add half of the shredded cheese to the thickened sauce, and whisk until combined, and lump-free.

Pour cream cheese sauce over the pasta and mixing pasta with a rubber spatula to coat all surfaces.

Add remaining cheese and bake for 20 minutes at 350° until cheese is golden brown with the tiny bubble on top.


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