Boxed store versions with nasty additives can’t touch this simple, easy-to-make mac ‘n cheese.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes 
Yield: 4 to 5 servings as a main course

⇒ kid-tested, mother-approved

how to make macaroni and cheese from scratch

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  • 1 lb. elbow or similar share pasta
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheddar or your favorite blend of cheese


Buying cheese by the block and shredding it yourself can mean a cleaner product – no starch to prevent caking – and helps it go a lot farther on a budget.


1. First, cook the macaroni according to the package instructions for al dente or firm pasta.

2. While the macaroni is cooking, melt 2 Tbsp. butter in a saucepan.

3. Stir in 2 Tbsp. flour.

4. Add 1 1/2 cups of milk, cooking over medium heat while stirring frequently.

5. Next, toss in the cheese of your choice and salt and pepper to taste.

6. When it is bubbly, it should also start to thicken. Remove from heat.

7. Let sit for a minute or two then pour over noodles.

8. Enjoy the comfort food!


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