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Macaroni and Cheese

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My sweet mother in law who recently turned 90 always made the macaroni and cheese for the family gatherings. You know how it is, everyone has a specialty that they bring each time, something they are famous for. Several years ago we found out it was getting to be to much for her to prepare. We found out in those last few years she was bringing it, she had been going to the grocery and buying a large frozen macaroni and cheese. She would cook it and pour  it into her own baking dish. She didn’t want to admit it was to much for her to make from scratch. Pretty funny. We never realized until my sister in law let the cat out of the bag. She had recently moved here from Texas and didn’t realize it was a mom’s secret. Mom was sick on the holiday and asked my sister in law to cook and bring the macaroni and cheese. Mom told her”Just don’t tell anyone that it’s not home made”. Of course she told us. We laughed so hard. Her sons never let her forget that day.

Ever since that day  I decided to learn how to make homemade macaroni and cheese. I found the perfect recipe in my favorite well worn Betty Crocker cook book. Once you make it yourself you will never buy boxed again. It’s simple and takes few ingredients. I doubled the recipe because it was for a family party.

You’ll need:

8 ounces pasta (cooked)

1 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

3 cups shredded cheddar cheese ( I mix it up sometimes using sharp or mild cheddar, colby whatever kind you prefer)

You’ll need for white sauce:

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons flour

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

2 cups milk

In a small sauce pan melt butter

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 Slowly whisk in the flour

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 Whisk until bubbly and smooth.

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Slowly whisk in the milk.

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 Heat to a boil, constantly stirring.

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 In a pan lay half of the pasta sprinkle with 1/2 the cheese. Add remaining pasta.

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Top  with the remaining cheese.. Pour the white sauce over the layers of pasta and cheese. I also sprinkle with dried bread crumbs. Any kind will do. I like to use a flavored bread like asiago or last time a used an olive bread. Very tasty and makes the top extra crispy. Cover and cook 30 minutes in a preheated 375 F. oven. Uncover and cook 15 minutes longer.

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I was making this for a family party and didn’t get a picture before everyone dug in. Told you it was a good recipe 🙂

I sometimes share at these fabulous parties!

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27 thoughts on “Macaroni and Cheese”

  1. Judy Haughton-James says:

    The story about your mother-in-law and the macaroni and cheese certainly put a smile on my face Diane!:) I am a big fan of macaroni and cheese and we have prepared it in different ways at my home. Thank you very much for sharing this recipe on Creative Monday and have a good day.

  2. Kathryn Griffin says:

    This looks so good! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Cornerstone. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/09/make-it-pretty-monday-week-15.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  3. Claire @ The Rustic Pig says:

    YUM!!!! I will definitely be making this! My children LOVE macaroni and cheese, and the last time I tried to make it homemade, it didn’t turn out that great. This one looks totally different, so I am excited to try it out! Thanks so much for sharing this on The Rustic Pig’s Creatively Tuesday!

  4. Christine says:

    I LOVE homemade mac and cheese!! YUM!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  5. Karen Marie says:

    Where do you add the white sauce? Did I miss something?

    1. Diane says:

      Yikes! Thanks for the heads up Karen. I corrected the recipe:)

  6. Jessica says:

    I love homemade mac and cheese! This recipe looks great.

    I’d love it if you would link this (and a couple other recipes if you’d like) up to Wonderful Food Wednesday at: http://www.athometake2.com. I hope you can stop by.

    Jessica @ At Home Take 2

  7. Jaime @ Mom's Test Kitchen says:

    My great aunt is the mac & cheese maker for our family gatherings! I’m allergic to cheese so I’ve never gotten to taste it but I know the family loves it! Its similar to yours but she puts crushed up crackers on top!
    Thanks so much for sharing this at Mom’s Test Meal Mondays!

  8. Kathy Moody says:

    Oh, I have to make this yummy recipe! My 21 year old son could eat the pan by himself!! LOL Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. I am so thrilled and honored to have you share. HUGS

  9. Kathy @ Granny's Vital Vittles says:

    Hi Diane … looks fab! Mac and cheese is so easy to make it’s hard to believe I used to make it from a box :-). Thanks for sharing at Scratch Cookin’ Tuesday!

  10. bj says:

    Thanks for sharing.
    When our grands were all little, they WANTED it from the box..didn’t want homemade. Now that they are almost grown, they want the homemade. 🙂
    Over from Miz Helens

    1. Diane says:

      So true. The young ones love the boxed stuff. Thanks for stopping by Bj 🙂

  11. Linda says:

    Boy, that looks good. Visiting from Katherine’s Party. Take care, Linda

  12. Crystal Green says:

    Thank you so much for sharing because I was looking for home made mac and cheese recipe for the longest now. 🙂

  13. Jessi @ Practically Functional says:

    Mmm, this looks delicious! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  14. Big Mama says:

    The story made me smile..There are times when my children want something to eat in a jiffy and I ‘m kinda busy, I make soup out of ready mix soup packets and throw into it extra ingredients to give it a home- made touch.My children always think it is made from scratch.

  15. April @ The 21st Century Housewife says:

    What a sweet story about your mother in law. Bless her! Your macaroni and cheese sounds delicious – it really is one of the best comfort foods there is.

  16. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Diane,
    We just love a great Mac N Cheese and your recipe looks awesome! Hope you have a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  17. Katherines Corner says:

    no box mac and cheese at our house, we make it similar to this also, so yummy!!!!Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop . BIG hugs!!!

  18. Grandma Kc says:

    Yum! Guess I better add elbow macaroni to the grocery list for today! Thank you!

  19. Brooke @ Inside-Out Design says:

    My favorite food EVER. This looks like a great recipe!!

  20. Joyce says:

    Thanks for a great recipe! I think this one will fit in very nicely between the yucky boxed stuff my grandkids demand and the gourmet Martha Stewart recipe the adult kids love!

  21. Betsy @ Romance on a Dime says:

    MmmM – this looks like a good recipe. Thanks for adding the pictures to the directions. I’m glad you linked up at Take it on Tuesday!!

  22. Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs says:

    Mac & cheese has long been at the top of my comfort food list. This one looks delicious and oh so comforting.

  23. Michelle says:

    Diane,
    Thanks for sharing the family secret! Too funny that nobody knew. This looks amazing! I’ve never made the box kind because it look yucky (one of my favorite words) and haven’t really taken the time to learn to make it from scratch. I will now though. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share next week. Have a great weekend.
    Michelle

  24. Anne @ Authentic Simplicity says:

    Homemade mac and cheese is the best. And what a sweet MIL! Thanks for linking up to Healthy 2Day Wednesday!

  25. Janetxb says:

    I’m one of those famous-for-her-macaroni-and-cheese people. My recipe is from Fanny Farmer’s cookbook, and really is very similar to this one. I always use sharp cheddar. The breadcrumbs on the top are a must! Sometimes I make a lot (what I would consider extra) for a party, and am disappointed to find none left over, every noodle gone at the end of the day. I’ve learned to set aside some in advance if I want some left over. I started adding just a few shakes of cayenne pepper to the sauce several years ago, and find that it adds some interest to the flavor. Hmmm… It’s only one degree in Michigan this morning, and I’m thinking this would make a good dinner!

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