This home made mac and cheese recipe is quick and easy, but its rich and creamy taste will fool guests into thinking you slaved over a hot stove all afternoon. Another huge bonus is Dollar General has all the ingredients, so you don’t have to go to a “real grocery store” that requires you to change out of your sweat pants. You’re welcome.
This is my mom’s recipe, and still to this day, my brother’s favorite food. If you want to fancy it up, you can experiment with the different cheeses or add a protein such as chicken (left over rib meat if you’re my husband). It’s best eaten fresh, but still delicious left over. This will harden in the fridge, so for best leftover results re-heat it stove top. Add a bit of milk and cheese if you like to make it warm and creamy again!
So here ya go, the easiest homemade mac n cheese recipe this side of the gulf.
First, boil noodles . I know most people don’t need this step, but for the beginners or kids learning to cook I don’t want to skip this step! I like whole wheat elbow macaroni, but my husband is a white noodle kind of guy so for whole wheat I cook about 15 minutes, white noodles about 12 minutes.
Next, make cheese sauce while noodles are boiling. First things first, you have to melt one stick of butter in a skillet. Yes, this is quite a Paula Dean amount of butter…but #worthit.
Next, add the flour to the melted butter and keep stirring it for about a minute so the flour mixes in with the butter and cooks. Like a roux, it will thicken up and bubble. When it starts to look like this you add the milk.
After you add the milk, keep stirring until it starts to thicken up, like a gravy (it normally takes about 5-7 minutes).
Next, remove the sauce from the heat and dump in the cheese. Yummmmm. Stir it in until it is melted and add your salt and pepper to taste then your done!
Stir cheese sauce into noodles, and eat it will while its fresh!
It doesn’t get easier or tastier for homemade macaroni and cheese! Let us know what you think, or drop suggestions in our comment section!
1 lb (1 box/ 3 cups) dry macaroni
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
2 cups milk
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste
May your mac be as cheesy as my husband’s dad jokes,