How to Make Homemade Mac & Cheese

Alicia Santos

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Mac and cheese is a classic comfort food that never fails to satisfy. Making it from scratch can seem intimidating, but with the right recipe and a few tricks up your sleeve, you can easily whip up a delicious homemade version. In this article, we’ll guide you through the process of making homemade mac and cheese that will have your taste buds dancing.

Gather Your Ingredients

To make homemade mac and cheese, you’ll need the following ingredients:

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

Cook the Macaroni

In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the elbow macaroni until al dente. Drain and set aside.

Make the Cheese Sauce

In a separate saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Once melted, add the flour and stir until well combined. Cook for about one minute to remove any raw flour taste.

Add the milk to the saucepan gradually, stirring constantly to avoid lumps. Cook until the mixture thickens and comes to a simmer.

Remove from heat and add in the shredded cheddar cheese. Stir until the cheese is completely melted into the sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Combine Everything Together

Pour the cheese sauce over the cooked macaroni in a large bowl. Stir until the macaroni is evenly coated with the sauce.

Time to Bake

If you prefer your mac and cheese baked to perfection, transfer the mixture to a greased baking dish. Top with additional shredded cheddar cheese if desired.

Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 25 minutes or until the top is golden and bubbly.

Serve and Enjoy

Once baked, remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Serve your homemade mac and cheese as a main dish or as a side with your favorite vegetables or salad.

Note: Feel free to experiment by adding different cheeses, breadcrumbs, or even crispy bacon for extra flavor and texture.


Making homemade mac and cheese is easier than you might think. With just a handful of ingredients and some simple steps, you can create a creamy, cheesy masterpiece that will leave everyone asking for seconds. So put on your apron, grab your ingredients, and get ready to indulge in the ultimate comfort food!

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