Mac & Cheese Base

Mac & Cheese Base

22 reviews, 4.5 star(s). 81% would make again

Ready in 1 hour

I use this as a base for various Mac & Cheese recipes


1 pound elbow macaroni
4 tablespoons Butter
4 tablespoons Flour
4 cups milk
Salt and pepper; to taste
4 cups sharp Cheddar; 4 cups plus 1/2 cup, shredded
1 cup Breadcrumbs

Original recipe makes 6



Cook the macaroni in boiling water for about 10 minutes until tender but still firm.

Drain well and set aside. In a deep skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour to make a roux and cook, stirring, to remove any lumps. Pour in the milk and cook until the mixture is thick and smooth.

Season with salt and pepper. Stir in 2 cups Cheddar and continue to cook until melted. Add the cooked macaroni and stir. Transfer the mixture to a 2-quart casserole dish. Bake in a preheated 350-degree F oven for 20 minutes.

Remove the casserole from oven, top with remaining 1/2-cup cheese. Bake for an additional 5 minutes until hot and bubbly.

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My whole family loved it, will make it again.
te1307 2y ago

Such a yummy treat during cold winter months
TMcMichael 2y ago

Excellent basic Mac-n-cheese, I made half the recipe and it came out great. Topped with 3 slices white bread, torn up and mixed with 2 tbsp melted butter, baked at 350 for .5 hour for a crunchy buttery top. Yum!
Lynn1775 2y ago

Could I substitute the sharp cheddar with shredded Mexican cheese?
greatfoodgreatcompany 2y ago

It was ok...
Iluvjon4eva26 3y ago

Good mac n cheese
MinnaB 3y ago

Tasted amazing! Thank you for this wonderful base recipe. You can add anything to this recipe!
FortunaFaythe 3y ago

pretty basic mac and cheese nothing fancy, I put bacon in mine and used the bacon drippings instead of butter. Its good for what it is, ya know?
jsnyder86 3y ago

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