Simple Macaroni and Cheese

Simple Macaroni and Cheese

Pasta and Noodles Pasta by Shape

A very quick and easy fix to a tasty side-dish. Fancy, designer mac and cheese often costs forty or fifty dollars to prepare when you have so many exotic and expensive cheeses, but they aren't always the best tasting. This recipe is cheap and tasty.

Servings per recipe: 4
Calories per serving: 630
Preparation time: 10m
Total cooking time: 30m


  • 1 (8 ounce) box elbow macaroni
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese


  • 1   Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, 8 minutes. Drain.
  • 2   Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat; stir in flour, salt, and pepper until smooth, about 5 minutes. Slowly pour milk into butter-flour mixture while continuously stirring until mixture is smooth and bubbling, about 5 minutes. Add Cheddar cheese to milk mixture and stir until cheese is melted, 2 to 4 minutes.
  • 3   Fold macaroni into cheese sauce until coated.

Nutrion facts:

Total Fat 33.6g 52%
    Saturated Fat 21.0g  
Cholesterol 100mg 33%
Sodium 777mg 31%
Potassium 380mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 55g 18%
Dietary Fiber 2.1g 8%
Protein 26.5g 53%
Sugars 8g  
Vitamin A 1152IU  
Vitamin C 0mg  
Calcium 568mg  
Iron 3mg  
Thiamin 1mg  
Niacin 10mg  
Vitamin B6 0mg  
Magnesium 62mg  
Folate 166mcg