Homemade Macaroni and Cheese
I grew up on Macaroni and Cheese as a kid. Did you eat it by the pounds like I did? It’s easy to throw together and every kid loves it. It’s in their genes to love Macaroni and Cheese.
Now that I have kids I wanted them to eat those yummy cheesy pasta noodles too, but with out all those yuckie ingredients. Have you ever looked at those ingredients on that blue box. Holy moly there are words on there that I can not even pronounce.
Macaroni and Cheese was the only dish my daughter would eat when she was 3. I knew I needed to make my own homemade macaroni and cheese version. I needed to make sure that they liked what they were eating but I also wanted to make sure they were having fresh cheese and not a packet of powder.
Don’t get me wrong, there are times that that little blue box is the perfect companion, but this macaroni and cheese is so simple and easy to throw together that you won’t even need to buy those boxes any more. With only a few ingredients, you can have these in your cupboard all the time. I throw this mac and cheese together on the weekends for the kiddos and they love it.
Also to add a little protein to the dish, I’ll cut up some hot dogs and throw those in there with the mac and cheese. So yummy!! If you’re a lover of Macaroni and Cheese, plan on having these ingredients on hand so you can whip it together in a flash.
Get the Recipe: Homemade Macaroni and Cheese
- 1 pound large seas shells pasta
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground mustard
- 3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 4 tablespoon unsalted butter
- Make pasta according to package, drain and set aside.
- In a medium size sauce pan, add the milk and cook until simmering, making sure to stir constantly so it doesn't burn on the bottom. Whisk in flour one tablespoon at a time. Whisk until no lumps remain and milk begins to thicken.
- Stir in salt and ground mustard. Add in cheese, one cup at a time. Make sure cheese is melted and incorporated before adding the remaining cups of cheese. Stir in the butter.
- Stir to incorporate all ingredients until smooth and let cheese mixture bubble a little.
- Pour cheese mixture over pasta and stir to coat. Add any additional salt if needed.
- Serve and enjoy!
I always ate mac ‘n cheese when I was little, too. But now that I’m all grown up, I appreciate the homemade kind! This looks fantastic, Cyndi! I love how easy this is to throw together. Way better than the boxed kinds. Pinned!
Thank you Gayle! 😉
Your pictures made my mouth water! This is the kind of mac and cheese my husband will eat so I’m going to have to make it!
Thank you Rachael!! Hope you and your hubby love it!
My hubby and I were just at the store and debating whether to buy the Velvetta shells and cheese because its the only boxed mac and cheese we like but you have solved our problem!! I am craving this right now as it is freezing here in KC again!
Thanks Meg and it’s still cold in KC? Gosh send some this way please?
This looks amazing! I love a good mac and cheese recipe 🙂 Pinning!
Thank you Medha! Your sweet!
I am guilty of loving hot dogs in this house (but my picky eater boyfriend – no way!). I can totally imagine just how yummy this is with those sliced up in there 😀
Haha thanks Kita!
I still eat macaroni by the pound! I even had some for lunch today! I could probably eat it every other day and not get sick of it.
It’s just so easy and yummy!! 😉
I don’t know what it is about mac & cheese, my almost 3 year old just LOVES it! I’m sure this would be a hit here!
Mac & Cheese is a kid magnet for some reason. 😉 Must be that creamy goodness.
Mmm, it looks so creamy and delicious! And yes to adding hot dogs! I am all about that!
Thanks Amanda! Knew there was a reason I liked you! 😉
Cyndi – I want all of this! My grandma always used to make us Kraft growing up, but I really don’t miss it. I’d take homemade mac and cheese over the boxed kind every day of the week. 🙂
Mac & cheese was always a hit when we were growing up and now it’s my three year old’s favorite too! Love this homemade version – looks way better than the boxed kind!
This looks so good, I will definitely be making this for my kids soon! They love mac and cheese, but like you say, so many chemicals in that stuff! I hate to give it to them too often. I’ve never found a homemade version that the kids like though – so I can’t wait to try this one! Pinned!
Thank you Stacey! I’m with you about the chemicals and stuff. I sometimes cave and let them have the junk, but I try to keep it to a minimum. I hope they like it. If your kids are as picky as my kids, it might take a couple times giving it to them. I had to do it at least 2-3 times, but now they love it. Good luck! 😉 PS, thanks for the pin too!!
My perfect dish is macaroni and cheese. I meke this dish for my litle girls ada was very tasty.
Thanks for stopping by Marian!
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