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A spoonful of macaroni and cheese being taken from a blue bowl.

Old Fashioned Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

  • Author: Nancy Blackstone
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 25 Minutes
  • Yield: 6 Side Dish servings, 2-3 Main Dish Servings 1x
  • Category: Main Dish, Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop and Oven
  • Cuisine: Italian American


A smooth and creamy homemade baked macaroni and cheese that's ready in about 25 minutes!



1 cup elbow macaroni 

1/2 cup milk

1/2 pound cheddar cheese, grated

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

2 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup crushed (1 small sleeve) Ritz crackers, or Panko bread crumbs


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit 

  1. Cook macaroni to al dente; drain.
  2. While macaroni is cooking, bring milk to a boil. Turn down heat to simmer and add cheese, stirring constantly until cheese is fully melted.
  3. Mix in salt and pepper.
  4. Put drained noodles in 1-1/2 quart greased casserole dish. Add cheese sauce on top. 
  5. Melt butter and mix with crushed crackers. Sprinkle cracker crumbs over top of casserole.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Serve immediately.


You can double the recipe and bake in a 9 x 13 pan.

Store tightly covered in refrigerator for up to 48 hours.

To store in freezer, cool completely for 1 hour, then place in airtight container and store up to 2 months.

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