You are going to absolutely love this Creamy Homemade Macaroni and Cheese recipe. It is so easy to make and tastes infinitely better than anything you can buy in a box at the store. All you need are a few simple ingredients and just 20 minutes to make the most delicious, comforting mac and cheese ever. Learn how to make macaroni and cheese from scratch with this simple recipe that is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser!
Mac n’ cheese is the ultimate comfort food. It is picky eater-approved and is packed with amazing cheesy flavor. After trying this super-easy, super-creamy macaroni and cheese recipe, you will never go back to the boxed stuff again.
How to Make Homemade Macaroni and Cheese
Macaroni and cheese is actually super simple to make from scratch at home. To begin, cook your dry pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water according to the package directions. That step usually takes 8 to 10 minutes. Next, make your cheese sauce! Cheese sauce, also known as Mornay sauce, is the key to creamy mac n’ cheese.
To make the sauce, begin by whisking together equal amounts of butter and flour over medium heat to make a roux. That will help thicken the sauce. Whisk until it forms a paste that is golden brown in color and has a slightly toasted aroma. Next, whisk in the milk to form a white sauce (called béchamel) until it is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
Stir in the grated cheddar cheese until the sauce is smooth and velvety. Tip: You can save a ton of money by grating a brick of cheese yourself, rather than buying pre-shredded cheese. Pre-shredded cheese also contains additives that prevent the cheese from sticking together in the bag. So if you grate the cheese yourself, it will melt better too!
Finally, stir in your cooked pasta until it is completely coated in the cheese sauce. Your homemade macaroni and cheese is now ready to be served! Be sure to enjoy while it is nice and warm. 🙂
Can Pasta Make You Gain Weight?
From a nutritional standpoint, no single food alone has the ability to make you gain weight. However, pasta dishes do have a high calorie content, as they contain an average of nearly 250 calories for per cup.
Therefore, if you frequently eat pasta, you will have to be more mindful of your serving sizes. You should also pay closer attention to the sauces and seasonings that come with them. For a recipe like this mac and cheese, portion control is key!
You shouldn’t have more than two servings per meal (half a cup of cooked pasta is equivalent to one serving of grains). You should also opt for whole grain pasta when you can and serve it with a side of steamed vegetables or salad, to increase your fiber intake and to feel more satiated.
More Easy Pasta Recipes
Craving more easy-to-make, comforting pasta dishes? Here are some of my favorite pasta recipes:
- Buttered Egg Noodles
- Chicken Alfredo Pasta Bake
- Chinese Sesame Noodles
- Healthier Mac and Cheese
- Garlic Shrimp Scampi with Pasta
If you make this Creamy Homemade Macaroni and Cheese recipe, let me know! Leave a comment with a star rating ★ below, because I love hearing from you! ♡
Creamy Homemade Macaroni and Cheese (Super Easy Recipe!)
- 2 cups macaroni (elbow) pasta
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 cups low-fat milk
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 cups shredded old cheddar cheese
- Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
- In a large saucepan or pot, melt the butter over medium heat.
- Once butter has melted, whisk in the flour. Cook the mixture for about 2 minutes, whisking continuously, until it turns golden brown.
- Gradually whisk the milk into the flour mixture. Cook while whisking for about 5 minutes, or until the mixture is thickened and bubbly.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the cheese until combined and smooth.
- Add the pasta to the cheese sauce and stir to coat. Serve warm.
- To make this recipe healthier and higher in fiber, use whole wheat or whole grain pasta.
- Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to five days or in the freezer for up to three months.
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