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Cheesy Macaroni and Cheese

Indulge in the ultimate comfort food with this Cheesy Macaroni and Cheese recipe. Creamy, velvety cheese sauce envelops perfectly cooked elbow macaroni, creating a dish that's pure nostalgia and pure satisfaction. Whether you're serving it as a comforting side dish or savoring it as a main course, this mac and cheese is sure to please.
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Cheesy Macaroni and Cheese is a beloved classic that has been satisfying taste buds for generations. It's the epitome of comfort food, combining tender pasta with a luscious cheese sauce. This homemade version takes the dish to the next level, ensuring that each bite is rich, creamy, and irresistibly cheesy.


8 ounces (about 2 cups) elbow macaroni
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups whole milk
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika (optional, for color and flavor)
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (optional, for added flavor)
4 Servings

Prep Time:

0 Hrs 15 Mins

Cook Time:

0 Hrs 30 Mins

Total TIme:

0 Hrs 0 Mins



Cook the elbow macaroni according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.


In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Once melted, add the flour and whisk continuously for 1-2 minutes to make a roux, ensuring there are no lumps.


Gradually pour in the milk while continuing to whisk the roux. Cook and whisk until the mixture thickens, which should take about 5-7 minutes.


Reduce the heat to low, then add 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese and all of the grated Parmesan cheese to the sauce. Stir until the cheese is fully melted and the sauce is smooth and creamy.


Season the cheese sauce with salt, black pepper, paprika, and garlic powder (if using). Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed.


Add the cooked and drained elbow macaroni to the cheese sauce. Stir to coat the pasta evenly with the cheesy goodness.


If you desire a breadcrumb topping for added texture, melt a tablespoon of butter in a small skillet, add the breadcrumbs, and toast them until golden brown.


To serve, transfer the cheesy macaroni and cheese to a serving dish. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese over the top, and optionally, sprinkle the toasted breadcrumbs for extra crunch.


Serve your Cheesy Macaroni and Cheese hot and enjoy!

Tips for this recipe

For a delightful twist, consider adding cooked bacon bits, sautéed onions, or steamed broccoli to your mac and cheese for added flavor and variety.

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