Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Recipe submitted by: sroos

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Give up the box mix! A simple and yummy dish great for the family or to take to a potluck.

Prep Time:
25 minutes
Cook Time:
20 minutes


2 cups milk
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (10-oz.) block extra sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (optional)
1/2 (16-oz.) package elbow macaroni, cooked


  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Microwave milk at HIGH for 1 1/2 minutes. Melt butter in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium-low heat; whisk in flour until smooth. Cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute.
  2. Gradually whisk in warm milk, and cook, whisking constantly, 5 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Whisk in salt, black pepper, 1 cup shredded cheese, and, if desired, red pepper until smooth; stir in pasta. Spoon pasta mixture into a lightly greased 2-qt. baking dish; top with remaining cheese. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until golden and bubbly. *Add in broccoli or crumbled bacon to make it even better!

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