Quick, Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Craving comfort food but homemade takes so much time and work?  Not this comfort food!  The most time is spent baking it in the oven.  You can even make it the night before and bake it the day of!  And it’s delicious –  cheesy, creamy, smooth and belly warming –  Check it out!



What you need:

  • 1 ½ cup dry elbow macaroni (I used whole wheat)
  • 2 Tablespoons of butter
  • 1 oz cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup of milk
  • 1 ¼ cup each of grated extra sharp cheddar and gouda cheese
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

How to Do it:

Bring 2-3 quarts of water to a boil and add 1 teaspoon of salt.  Cook the pasta until it is al dente – or soft but still firm.

Drain the pasta and leave in strainer.

Add the butter and cream cheese to the sauce pan.  Heat, stirring, until it starts to melt together.  Return the pasta to the pan and stir until the cream cheese and butter are melted and well mixed into the pasta.  Add the milk and stir.  Gently stir in all the cheese except about ½ cup for the top.  Make sure it is evenly distributed.

Pour the mixture into a baking dish and top with the remaining cheese.

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Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.   Turn the oven to broil and broil the top until it is golden brown (about 5 minutes).  Serve piping hot.

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I love Macaroni and Cheese with pork chops.  Using garlic salt, pepper and some sage – cook on medium-high until golden and cooked through. If you use a grill pan you get great grill marks and less fat.  Serve with a veggie and you have dinner!


Serves 4


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11 Responses to Quick, Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

  1. Jamie says:

    That looks yummy – my son said that this is his favorite food group, so I’ll have to make him some! :)

  2. Macaroni and Cheese is the perfect comfort food…YUM!! :-)

  3. Leigh says:

    We love mac & cheese at my house! I just made some with veggies added for “health by stealth” and fooled the family! (I hopped over from What’s for Dinner Sunday #8.)

  4. Shann Eva says:

    That looks delicious. Anything with cheese, and I’m in! Thank you for linking up at #HomeMattersParty and hope to see you again!

  5. stevebethere says:

    I absolutely love Macaroni cheese :-)

    Happy New Year and all the best for 2016 :-)

  6. Carlee says:

    Nothing beats homemade mac and cheese! Yum!

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