Homemade Baked Mac n' Cheese

Growing up, I sure loved that blue box of mac and cheese but now I've grown an appreciation for foods that are made from scratch and not packed full of  fake powders and ingredients (even if they are yummy!). One of my favorite recipes from my mom is for her homemade baked mac n' cheese. I've altered it a bit to include reduced fat options, but it still tastes amazing and I even got two thumbs up from my brother when I made it for dinner while he was visiting.


1 lb. of elbow macaroni
1 quart of milk (I use skim milk)
1 stick of butter (I cut off a few tbsp. instead of using the whole stick)
6 tbsp. of flour
1/2 tsp. of pepper
1/2 tsp. of slat
1/2 tsp. of onion powder
1/4 tsp. of dry mustard
1 bag of shredded sharp cheddar cheese (I use reduced fat)
1 bag of shredded mild cheddar cheese (I use reduced fat)
4 tbsp. of bread crumbs
1/4 cup of parm cheese


Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Cook macaroni for 9 minutes in boiling water
Heat milk in microwave on high for 5 minutes
In a large pan, melt butter and mix in flour
Then stir in pepper, salt, onion powder, and dry mustard. *Don't let the butter get too brown*
Pour in milk using a whisk, bring it to a boil but be careful not to scourge it.
Stir in one bag of shredded cheese and take it off the heat.
Add cooked macaroni and then stir in 1/2 of the other bag of cheese and mix.
Pour everything into a greased 9x13 pan and top off with bread crumbs, parm cheese, and remaining shredded cheese.
Bake at 350 for about half an hour or until it bubbles.

Serve with fresh salad or by itself, enjoy!


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  1. This sounds amazing. So much cheesy goodness!

  2. yum! i always make my mac and cheese because that crap from the box is gross!

    -kathy | Vodka and Soda

  3. I've made a couple recipes that were from scratch, but tasted like the box versions I remember as a kid. I love that. :)

  4. holy mackerel this looks amazing. i need it in my life!

  5. Girl this looks SO good. I gave up cheese for Lent (what was I thinking) but am bookmarking this for later. Also, not sure if anyone else is having the same problem but I tried to enter the linkup and the site never loaded for me?

  6. Oh yum!!! It's one of my favorites. My husband is the one that cooks but he doesn't like mac and cheese so it's literally the one thing that I want him to make but he hasn't. I really should just do it myself, but I probably won't!! I rely on my mom to make it for holidays.

  7. I've been craving mac n cheese lately. It's been one of the things I can eat other than soup for the past week! Love anything cheesy :-)

  8. This looks so good! I want a big bowl of it right now! Thanks for linking up for That's Fresh Friday!