Marvelicious Mac and Cheese Recipe

Makes 6 Servings

  • Total Time: 30
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20

This simple mac and cheese recipe is a go-to for kids and adults alike. Maybe it’s because of the melty cheese that holds the noodles together. Or maybe it’s the crispy cheese that decorates the top. Maybe it’s both.

Regardless, this baked mac and cheese is worth the small effort to please your crowd. And if this dish hits the spot, let us recommend a snackable version and a no-bake one too.


  • 2½ cups fat free milk
  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni (7 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 cups shredded reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup shredded reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese (optional topping)


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cook macaroni according to package directions. 

Meanwhile, heat milk and butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Gradually whisk in flour, salt and dry mustard and simmer for 1 minute, whisking occasionally.

Remove from heat; stir in 2 cups of cheese until melted. Add drained macaroni to saucepan and toss with cheese sauce. Transfer mixture to an 8- or 9-inch square baking dish.

Bake uncovered in until hot and bubbly, about 20 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.


Sauté some chopped red pepper and broccoli florets in the butter before adding the flour for a gourmet version of this comforting homemade mac and cheese. Looking for more variations? Try these, which range from classic to veggie-packed.