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Homemade Cracked Black Pepper Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Updated on December 31, 2012
Delicious homemade macaroni and cheese with just a few simple ingredients.
Delicious homemade macaroni and cheese with just a few simple ingredients.

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5 stars from 2 ratings of Black Pepper Macaroni and Cheese

This macaroni and cheese recipe has a little heat from black and red peppers. It has a mild cheese flavor, so if you are serving this to someone who isn't a big fan of cheese, they'll love it too. This dish goes well with just about meal, but we love it with baked pork chops, chicken, or for family get togethers.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: 6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 oz Elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded and divided
  • 2 TBSP Butter
  • 2 TBSP Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Coarse Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Red or Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 cups Milk
Make your cheese sauce while you cook the elbow noodles. In this photo, I have just added the cheese and two kinds of pepper.
Make your cheese sauce while you cook the elbow noodles. In this photo, I have just added the cheese and two kinds of pepper.
Top the macaroni with 1 cup of extra sharp shredded cheese before baking at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
Top the macaroni with 1 cup of extra sharp shredded cheese before baking at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
  1. Cook the elbow macaroni noodles according to package directions and drain well.
  2. While the noodles are cooking, I like to shred my own cheese from the block or you can use pre-shredded cheese. Separate cheese into 2, one cup servings.
  3. In a large sauce pan, melt the butter and stir in the flour. Whisk until well combined and a light brown color. Gradually add in the milk, stirring constantly for about 2 minutes. Stir in 1 cup of shredded cheese, black pepper, and red pepper. Stir until the cheese is melted and the sauce has thickened.
  4. Combine the noodles and cheese sauce in a large pot. Stir until well mixed. Grease a 2 QT baking dish with cooking spray then pour in the noodle mixture.
  5. Top the dish with the remaining 1 cup of cheese. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. After the 20 minutes, broil for 5-6 minutes to get the top brown and crunchy. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

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    • Tom Schumacher profile image

      Tom Schumacher 4 years ago from Huntington Beach, CA

      This recipe looks delicious! Mac and cheese is one of my all-time favorites because it's easy, tasty, and filling. To make it more of a meal I add seasoned hamburger. Yumm!

    • Bumpsysmum profile image

      Bumpsysmum 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      Yummety, yum yum yum.....I adore cheese dishes, this sounds delish and I will be testing it out on my kids, they love it too.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Sounds good and lots of cheese...Will try this. Going to pin for others to enjoy.