Easiest Ever Baked Macaroni and Cheese (VIDEO)
Easiest Ever Baked Macaroni and Cheese – this is a go-to recipe of many of my readers and it will become the same for your family!
This is the easiest evvvvvver macaroni and cheese.
You boil pasta, mix with the cheese and other ingredients, put it in the pan and pour the milk over it. No messing with white sauces or tricky steps. No getting four pots and pans dirty! You can prep it ahead and keep it in the fridge overnight and then it will be ready to bake when you want it! It’s a total crowd pleaser. This is a great recipe for busy weeknight meals but also for entertaining.
Enjoy one of our family’s favorite meals!
Edited to add:
A few notes to answer some common questions –
- Sharp cheddar is best (I use extra sharp)
- Grate your own cheese for best results, but it works with pre-grated as well.
- Breadcrumbs on the top would be good if that’s how you like mac & cheese!
- I like my top extra crispy. If you do not, I’d recommend covering with foil for the first 30 minutes.
- This can be prepped a day ahead and baked prior to serving.
- Whole wheat pasta is awesome in this.
Easiest Ever Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
Easiest Ever Baked Macaroni and Cheese - this is a go-to recipe of many of my readers and it will become the same for your family!
- 1 pound elbow macaroni (I often use whole wheat—although not this time.)
- 1 pound (4 cups) shredded extra sharp or sharp cheddar cheese
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon ground mustard
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cups low-fat milk (or go with whole if you’re feeling indulgent!)
- 1 and 1/2 tablespoons butter (optional)
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray or grease a casserole dish or a 9x13 pan.
- Cook macaroni as directed on the package in salted water until tender.
- While macaroni is cooking, combine 2 and 1/2 cups of cheese with dry ingredients (flour, ground mustard, salt and pepper). I bought pre-shredded cheese so I just dumped the dry ingredients into the bag, re-closed it and gave it a good shake. How easy is that?!
- Combine cheese and dry ingredient mixture with hot macaroni and pour into the greased pan. Pour milk over macaroni. Top with remaining cheese and dot with butter (optional, but recommended).
- Bake for 45 minutes or until firm and golden brown. I stick a knife in it to see if the milk is still runny or if it has firmed up.
- (Optional) Let sit for 10 minutes before serving to further firm up.
- Note: I like my noodles a little extra crispy—as you can probably tell from the photos. If you like a softer noodle, I’d recommend covering this with foil for the first 30 minutes of baking.
Verdict: Best ever baked macaroni and cheese.
Husband’s take: He loves this recipe for mac & cheese.
Changes I would make: None.
Difficulty: So easy. SO SO SO SO easy.
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