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Dad's Homemade Mac and Cheese Recipe

Updated on June 8, 2013

Cook Time

Prep time: 25 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: 8- 10 Servings
Yummy! Made from scratch mac n cheese!
Yummy! Made from scratch mac n cheese!

There is nothing quite like made from scratch mac and cheese. This recipe is, hands down, the BEST macaroni and cheese recipe. My Dad has been making this since I was a kid, and I just had to share it. For some reason I can never get mine to taste like my dad's even when I follow his exact recipe. Dad's always just tastes better!


  • 1 Pound Noodles, I like shells or twists to hold on to the cheese!
  • 1/2 Pound Medium Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
  • 1/2 Pound Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
  • 1/2 Stick of Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Sour Cream
  • Splash Milk
  • Salt and Pepper, To Taste

As you can tell from the ingredients, this is not a light, diet, or heart friendly dish! This is good ole melt in your mouth, clog your arteries deliciousness! You can make it a bit healthier by using wheat pasta, vegan butter and low-fat cheese, but it just doesn't taste the same.

Shred or dice your cheese
Shred or dice your cheese


  1. Put large pot of water on to boil
  2. Shred or dice medium and sharp cheddar cheeses. I don't recommend preshredded cheese - it really doesn't taste the same. I think it might be the powder added to keep the cheese from clumping.
  3. Once your noodles are cooked, turn off the stove burner and drain the noodles. Return noodles to pot on the same burner (this part is important - it helps the cheese melt better)
  4. Add butter and slowly add shredded cheese. Stir constantly
  5. As the cheese starts to melt add sour cream and butter.
  6. Salt and pepper to taste.
  7. For creamier mac and cheese add more sour cream and butter. For a smoother texture add another splash of milk.

Taste Test Time!

Be careful with sour cream, if you add too much it can easily take over! If it tastes a bit bland, more salt and pepper.If you like other cheeses, feel free to add them in. Feta and Parmesan work well.

Other yummy additions include bacon, diced tomatoes, hot dogs, or sausage.


If you like my dad's mac and cheese recipe, you should check out his amazing home made mashed potatoes recipe!

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    • JessicasPulse profile image

      JessicasPulse 5 years ago from Virginia

      Mmmmmm, that looks so good! Will have to try, mac n' cheese is my favorite comfort food. Family recipe's are the best!

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      danielleantosz 6 years ago from Florida

      You are more than welcome simone! I love home made mac n cheese. Can't make it too often, but it is delicious!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      I am drooling. No joke. THAT LOOKS AMAZING. AND I MUST HAVE SOME NOW!!! I can't wait to run home and try this recipe. Thanks for sharing the family recipe!

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      Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

      Voted up and awesome. Mac n cheese is one of my favorite comfort foods of all time! I really like mine ovenbaked with a crusty layer of cheese on the top, though. But this recipe looks and sounds delicious...I may just have to try it out. Thanks, Danielle!

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      Paul Cronin 6 years ago from Winnipeg

      Really great info for a simple homemade dish, always a quick and east favorite. Thanks for sharing!

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      HSanAlim 6 years ago from Indonesia

      The reason it tastes better when you Dad makes it is he makes it with the love he has for his family.

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      danielleantosz 6 years ago from Florida

      @Cwannamaker, it is. My dad used to add stuff to the store bought stuff to make it taste better and finally thought "Why am I buying the packed stuff anyways?"!

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      CWanamaker 6 years ago from Arizona

      I have always made mac and cheese from a box. However, this recipe proves that it is way easier to make than I had originally imagine. I just may have to give this one a try!

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      danielleantosz 6 years ago from Florida

      Thanks guys!

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      Frannie Dee 6 years ago from Chicago Northwest Suburb

      Never thought of the sour cream...sounds delicious!

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      angoliver 6 years ago

      Sounds yummy, I must give this a try! Voted up! :)

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      jmartin1344 6 years ago from Royal Oak, Michigan

      I am embarrassed to say that my mac and cheese making tends to extend no further than Easy Mac. That sounds delicious though, I might have to give it a try!

      Nice hub!