Careys Homemade Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Careys Homemade Baked Macaroni and Cheese

8 reviews, 4.5 star(s). 88% would make again

Ready in 50 minutes

Simple cheesy goodness...a true comfort food you'll crave again and again. This is the Macaroni and Cheese recipe that I grew up with plus some additions to improve it, It's very easy to make, very tasty, and far better than the kind out of the box. I like the recipe because it's so classic and so simple. It makes a great side dish, especially for fried chicken, chops, meatloaf,


2 cups elbow macaroni; uncooked
1/2 cup butter; (1-stick)
1/4 cup All-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Pepper
1/4 teaspoon Dry mustard
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper; or to taste (optional)
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
2 cups Half-and-half cream
1/2 cup Cream cheese; softened
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese; (8-ounces), grated
1 cup Smoked gouda; grated
1/2 tsp Garlic; minced fine
1/2 tsp Onion powder; or granulated

Original recipe makes 6



1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the pasta to al dente.

2. While macaroni is cooking, melt butter in a heavy-bottomed 3-quart saucepan over low heat. Whisk in flour, salt, pepper, mustard, cayenne and Worcestershire sauce. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth and bubbly. 3. Remove from heat, stir in cream, garlic, onion powder. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. 4. Remove from heat, stir in both cheeses, cream cheese and cook, stirring occasionaly, until cheese is melted.

5. Drain macaroni and gently stir into cheese sauce. Pour into ungreased 2-quart casserole. Bake uncovered until bubbly, about 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from oven and rest for five minutes before serving. ENJOY!!


One of the best mac and cheese recipes I have ever had bar none...Cheers!

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Really good. Very rich. The flavour was fantastic, but I think next time I'll cut back on the cream cheese. I also used milk for 2/3 of the liquid.
MammaRaz 1y ago

This is phenomenal! I made it a month ago and had put half of it in the freezer. Just defrosted it and we had it for dinner tonight. I made one change: used regular Gouda as I don't like smoked cheeses. Perfect!
Megs82 2y ago

Very good! Recipe is great either way, but just before baking I often add 2 eggs for more of a "cake-y" finish! Agree with previous reviewer that you have to be good with 'smokey' favors - I love them, my wife, not so much.
BondsRUp 3y ago

Delicious. I added way less cheese and cream cheese than called for and it was still delicious. Will make again!
Megs82 3y ago

This had a little too much "smokey" flavor for my taste from a macaroni & cheese recipe. If you like the smokey cheese and consider them on your "comfort food" list, you'll probably really like this recipe.
DrgnHrt 4y ago

Cheesy goodness is in the description and I can't say it no better, woohoo this was yummerz! Kudos for using gouda, love the stuff, can't keep it in the fridge long enough!
Babbitto 4y ago

Don't think I'll ever make another mac n cheese..this was fabulous. So creamy will reheat great all week for my teenagers, and its rich in flavor making it a perfect meal without adding meat !! Definitely a keeper...thanks for sharing.
cecils02 6y ago

defenately cant wait to make this one, it needs a photo, lol, CCheryl
CCheryl 6y ago

One of the best mac and cheese recipes I have ever had bar none...Cheers! [I posted this recipe.]
pdxbodyworx 7y ago

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