How to Make Mac N Cheese From Scratch

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Welcome to this tutorial on how to make delicious Mac N Cheese from scratch! Whether you’re a beginner in the kitchen or a seasoned chef, this recipe will guide you through the process step by step. Let’s get started!


  • 2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Bread crumbs (optional)


Step 1: Boil Macaroni

In a large pot, bring water to a boil and add a pinch of salt. Add the elbow macaroni and cook until tender. Drain and set aside.

Step 2: Make the Cheese Sauce

In the same pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Once melted, add the flour and stir continuously for about a minute until it forms a smooth paste.


  • If you prefer a stronger cheese flavor, you can also add some grated Parmesan or Gruyere cheese to the sauce.
  • If desired, you can also add some spices like paprika or mustard powder for an extra kick of flavor.

Slowly pour in the milk while stirring constantly to avoid any lumps. Allow the sauce to simmer for a few minutes until it thickens. Add the shredded cheddar cheese, reserving some for topping, and stir until melted and well combined.

Step 3: Combine the Macaroni and Cheese Sauce

Add the cooked macaroni to the cheese sauce and mix well until every noodle is coated with the creamy goodness.

Step 4: Bake (optional)

If you prefer a crunchy breadcrumb topping, transfer the mac and cheese mixture to a baking dish. Sprinkle the reserved shredded cheese and breadcrumbs over the top. Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 15 minutes or until golden brown on top.

Note: Baking is optional, but it adds a delightful texture to your Mac N Cheese!

Step 5: Serve and Enjoy!

Scoop out generous portions of your homemade Mac N Cheese onto plates or bowls. Season with salt and pepper according to your taste preferences.

Serve it as a main dish or as a side alongside your favorite vegetables or salad. Now sit back, relax, and savor every cheesy bite!

Congratulations! You have successfully made delicious Mac N Cheese from scratch. Enjoy your homemade comfort food masterpiece!

I hope you found this tutorial helpful. Stay tuned for more exciting recipes!

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