BEST Macaroni and Cheese

Homemade Macaroni and cheese - the cheesiest, CREAMIEST homemade mac n cheese you'll ever make! Macaroni pasta covered in sharp cheddar cheese, melted into a warm cream sauce, and topped with a perfect panko crust. The whole family will definitely approve!

Hi everyone! Me again with another recipe to add to your favorite Tried and True series 🙂 We’re really revving up the recipes for you, so you have plenty of options come Holiday time. Before I get crazy with all that is involved with the Fall season, the hubs and I are heading out of town (celebrating 10 years). Our long awaited, first time ever, vacation without the kids. I’m excited and scared all at once. However, my amazing parents are taking over parental duties with the kiddos, and I couldn’t be more grateful, knowing that they are in very good hands. I’m trying to prepare as much as possible to help alleviate the load on them. I would love to have a few meals ready for her to pull out of the freezer, for a quick, delicious dinner. Which brings me to your amazing recipe..

Macaroni is always a quick and easy go to when you cant think of anything to make for dinner. The kids never complain and its nice to not have to deal with whining at the dinner table. Well, have you ever made homemade Macaroni and Cheese? If not, today needs to be the day! We wanted to try a homemade version, and I’m so glad we did because this was the BEST macaroni and cheese recipe ever!! So cheesy and so easy – it’s great for dinner any night or for that great side dish at Thanksgiving!

Cheesy Mac N Cheese - the cheesiest, CREAMIEST homemade mac n cheese you'll ever make! Macaroni pasta covered in sharp cheddar cheese, melted into a warm cream sauce, and topped with a perfect panko crust. The whole family will definitely approve!

Can’t go wrong with 6 cups of cheese!

Cheesy Mac N Cheese - the cheesiest, CREAMIEST homemade mac n cheese you'll ever make! Macaroni pasta covered in sharp cheddar cheese, melted into a warm cream sauce, and topped with a perfect panko crust. The whole family will definitely approve!

So creamy!

Cheesy Mac N Cheese - the cheesiest, CREAMIEST homemade mac n cheese you'll ever make! Macaroni pasta covered in sharp cheddar cheese, melted into a warm cream sauce, and topped with a perfect panko crust. The whole family will definitely approve!

Homemade Macaroni and cheese - the cheesiest, CREAMIEST homemade mac n cheese you'll ever make! Macaroni pasta covered in sharp cheddar cheese, melted into a warm cream sauce, and topped with a perfect panko crust. The whole family will definitely approve!

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Homemade Macaroni and cheese - the cheesiest, CREAMIEST homemade mac n cheese you'll ever make! Macaroni pasta covered in sharp cheddar cheese, melted into a warm cream sauce, and topped with a perfect panko crust. The whole family will definitely approve!

Cheesy Mac N Cheese - the cheesiest, CREAMIEST homemade mac n cheese you'll ever make! Macaroni pasta covered in sharp cheddar cheese, melted into a warm cream sauce, and topped with a perfect panko crust. The whole family will definitely approve!

I never said this recipe was healthy, but oh man, is it good!! It’s full of cheese and the Panko crumbs on top make it even more delicious!

Best Macaroni and Cheese recipe:

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BEST Macaroni and Cheese
 
Homemade Macaroni and cheese - the cheesiest, CREAMIEST homemade mac n cheese you'll ever make! Macaroni pasta covered in sharp cheddar cheese, melted into a warm cream sauce, and topped with a perfect panko crust. The whole family will definitely approve!
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. elbow macaroni
  • ½ c. butter
  • ½ c. flour
  • 4 c. milk
  • 6 c. shredded sharp Cheddar
  • 1 TB garlic salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 2 TB butter
  • ½ c. panko bread crumbs
Instructions
  1. Boil pasta according to package directions. In large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Slowly pour in 4 cups milk, whisking until smooth. Heat to a low boil until thickened. Remove from heat.
  2. Add hot pasta to a greased 9x13" baking dish. Sprinkle 6 cups shredded cheese over pasta. Pour the thickened cream sauce over the pasta and cheese. Let sit until the cheese has melted and stir together.
  3. Melt 2 TB butter over medium heat. Add in bread crumbs, stirring constantly until golden brown, about 3-5 minutes. Pour over the mac and cheese.
  4. Bake at 325 for 14-15 minutes. Serve warm.

Recipe adapted from That Which Nourishes

TRIED & TRUE FINDINGS:

  • DIFFICULTY: Simple
  • HOW MANY DOES IT FEED: 6-8
  • ANY CHANGES MADE: used garlic salt
  • ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR NEXT TIME: none

If you’re looking for another macaroni recipe we love, check out:

Beef and Tomato Macaroni Soup

Beef & Tomato Macaroni Soup - a hearty soup full of hamburger, tomatoes, macaroni, and more! Worcestershire sauce combined with brown sugar makes for a perfectly sweet and savory flavor that is irresistible!!

And for more cheesy recipes, check out:

ENJOY!

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese - the cheesiest, CREAMIEST homemade mac n cheese you'll ever make! Macaroni pasta covered in sharp cheddar cheese, melted into a warm cream sauce, and topped with a perfect panko crust. The whole family will definitely approve!

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  1. 1
    GLENN Eldridge :

    I alwsys use some sharp cheese and instead of bread crumbs , i use rosemary and olive oil flavored triskets crushed …. the triskets work good on chicken casserole too…

  2. 5

    Made this last night and it was delicious!! Velveeta always grosses me out so it was nice to find a simple recipe that can create the cheesy texture with cheddar cheese. The garlic salt was a game changer and I got so many compliments!! Thank you 💞

  3. 7

    This was hands down the best & EASIEST homemade mac & cheese recipe ever. My sisters are super picky about mac & cheese and they loved it! It was the perfect addition to our Father’s Day lunch. Going to be a staple for me moving forward!

  4. 9

    Why am I unable to pin this???

    • 10

      You should be able to. When my cursor is over the pictures, the PIN it button appears. You may need to add the Pintrest button, if you don’t have it on your computer. I hope that helps. Let me know 🙂

  5. 11
    Brittany D O'Brien :

    Made this today for my son’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor. I actually multiplied it by 5 (it fit in two really large aluminum trays). I used mild cheddar instead of sharp, and added Havarti cheese slices before cooking. Instead of panko, I used crushed up ritz type crackers for the top. (I also left out the garlic.) It was so creamy and awesome and I got so many compliments. Thanks so much. It was the first time I have ever made homemade mac n’ cheese!