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Simply Delicious Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Updated on August 3, 2012

Simple and Delicious Homemade Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Macaroni and Cheese: the ultimate comfort food! This macaroni and cheese recipe is, yet another, borrowed from my mother-in-laws archives. She (and I) make this dish often and usually serve it with ham. This is sometimes our traditional Easter or Christmas meal. It's just THAT good!

This macaroni and cheese recipe is so easy and simple; it has only 3 wholesome ingredients. Yet, it is so delicious that it is guest and even holiday worthy.

You can serve macaroni and cheese as a side dish or an entree. Like I mentioned before, it is a great accompaniment with ham, green beans and rolls. As an entree, I would serve it with a salad and fruit. It also makes a great vegetarian dinner.

As with my previous recipes, I like to make some wine pairing suggestions. Yes, you can drink wine with mac-and-cheese! If you are serving this recipe with salty ham, I would pair it with a sweet white wine such as a Reisling. If the mac-and-cheese is your entree, pair it with a light Pinot Grigio or crisp Chardonney.

Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Simply Delicious Macaroni and Cheese
Simply Delicious Macaroni and Cheese

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Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 10 min
Yields: 10-12 servings


  • 16 ounce pack Elbow or Ziti Noodles
  • 10 ounce block Extra Sharp White Cheddar Cheese
  • Milk, enough to almost cover the noodles

How to Make Simple and Delicious Macaroni and Cheese

  1. Boil Macaroni in salted water until tender. Drain and set aside.
  2. Grate the entire block of Extra Sharp White Cheddar Cheese in a Cuisinart or by hand.
  3. In a 9 in. X 13 in. baking dish, combine the noodles and all but a third cup of the shredded cheese. Mix well.
  4. Pour milk over the macaroni and cheese mixture until *almost* to the top of the noodles. Top with remaining shredded cheddar cheese. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to your liking.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for one hour or until the top is lightly browned.
  6. Serve hot and enjoy!!!!
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Fun Variations!

  • Try adding steamed broccoli and/ or cubed ham before baking.
  • Use a blend of different cheeses such as Pepper Jack, Parmesan, Swiss, Mozzarella, Provolone, Gouda, etc.
  • Mix your favorite fresh salsa into the pasta before baking
  • Add peas and/or corn
  • Serve with rotisserie chicken and coleslaw
  • Try bacon and cheddar
  • Or just keep it simple and go with the classic!

13 Things You May Not Know About Macaroni and Cheese

  1. The Kraft Company sold their first box of Macaroni and Cheese in 1937.
  2. An Italian version of macaroni and cheese existed as far back as the 13th century.
  3. Thomas Jefferson served macaroni and cheese at a state dinner in 1802 after discovering it in France.
  4. During the Great Depression, a box of Kraft Mac and Cheese cost 19 cents.
  5. The Kraft Company sells at least one million boxes of their Macaroni and Cheese per day.
  6. Macaroni and cheese was one of Ronald Reagan's favorite foods (next to jelly beans, of course.)
  7. 2 successful restaurants in New York City serve nothing but macaroni and cheese.
  8. The word macaroni meant "a British dandy" in the 18th century.
  9. Mac and cheese is a good source of calcium and protein.
  10. Macaroni is spelled "maccherone" in Italian.
  11. Mac and cheese has consistantly been a top pick with children in America for decades.
  12. Cheddar is the most popular cheese used in making macaroni and cheese.
  13. Dried pasta was not available on the market until the 1800s; until then, pasta had to be made by hand.


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    • CarlySullens profile image

      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      I was looking for a m & c recipe and found this one. I am going to make it, because it seems simple and yummy.

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      CZCZCZ 5 years ago from Oregon

      This looks delicious. I am recommending it as a link in a hub I am writing for making a mac and cheese with crab.

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      Mrs. Menagerie 5 years ago from The Zoo

      Hi WannaB...tell him you are getting all that calcium us women need! Maybe that will help?:)

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 5 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Sounds delicious, but I'll bet my cardiologist wouldn't recommend it. He tries to spoil all my favorite foods for me. Maybe adding the broccoli would pacify him.

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      Mrs. Menagerie 5 years ago from The Zoo

      Thanks so much for the link Letitia!

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      LetitiaFT 5 years ago from Paris via California

      Okay, I promise, one more comment on this and then I'll stop blabbering on about how much I like this recipe. I just wanted to let you know I linked to it as a suggested main course for a summer salad. Thanks again and now I'll shut up about it...

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      Mrs. Menagerie 5 years ago from The Zoo

      Oh wow! I never would have thought of nutmeg with sounds fantastic! I'm so glad you both liked it!

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      LetitiaFT 5 years ago from Paris via California

      Hey there, I finally found some English cheddar in the exotic cheeses section of my local fromagerie, making this exquisitely simple dinner about the most expensive mac & cheese I've ever made, but it was worth it! My French husband went bonkers over this American delicacy, and on his second serving grabbed some nutmeg to grate over his. The best things in life really are simple, aren't they? Thanks again.

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      Mrs. Menagerie 5 years ago from The Zoo

      Give it a try couldn't be any easier and delicious!!!

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      bluebird 5 years ago

      Wow - hope this is as good as you make it sound, I'm gonna try it, I've never made homemade macaroni and cheese but I love it that way best!

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      Mrs. Menagerie 5 years ago from The Zoo

      Hahaha Letitia! I think you'll be able to find something suitable in France:)!!!

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      LetitiaFT 5 years ago from Paris via California

      This looks amazing! As soon as I can get my hands on some good sharp cheddar over here in Paris (the French just don't understand cheese...) I'm going to try this!

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      Mrs. Menagerie 5 years ago from The Zoo

      Thank you kerlynb! I think you will love family defiantly does!

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      kerlynb 5 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      This one's a classic but, really, I haven't tried it yet! Guess it's about time I give it a crack. I will take your suggestions, might add in healthy broccoli and Mozzarella. Voting this hub up and useful!