How to Make Homeade Mac and Cheese

Charlotte Daniels

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Welcome to this delicious tutorial on how to make homemade mac and cheese. Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with this classic comfort food!


  • 2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Step 1: Cook the Macaroni

In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the macaroni according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.

Step 2: Prepare the Cheese Sauce

In a separate saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and stir until well combined, creating a roux. Cook for about a minute, then gradually whisk in the milk until smooth.

Add the shredded cheddar cheese and grated Parmesan cheese to the saucepan. Stir constantly until the cheeses have melted and the sauce is creamy. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Step 3: Combine Macaroni and Cheese Sauce

Pour the cheese sauce over the cooked macaroni, stirring gently until every noodle is coated in cheesy goodness.

Step 4: Bake or Serve Immediately

If you prefer a baked mac and cheese, transfer the mixture to a greased baking dish. Sprinkle some extra shredded cheddar cheese on top for an extra cheesy crust. Bake at 350°F (175°C) for about 20 minutes or until golden and bubbly.

If you can’t wait to indulge, skip the baking step and serve your mac and cheese directly from the stovetop. It will still be oh-so-creamy and delicious!

Optional Additions:

If you want to take your mac and cheese to the next level, here are some optional add-ins:

  • Crispy bacon: Cook some bacon until crispy, crumble it, and sprinkle it on top before baking or serving.
  • Sautéed onions: Sauté some finely chopped onions in butter until caramelized, then mix them into the cheese sauce.
  • Steamed broccoli: Steam some broccoli florets until tender-crisp and stir them into the macaroni and cheese before baking.

Now that you know how to make homemade mac and cheese, go ahead and whip up a batch of this comforting dish. Enjoy every cheesy bite!

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