Sunday, May 27, 2012

easy homemade mac and cheese

Homemade mac and cheese is so easy and much better for you than the boxed stuff.  My kids won't eat that box stuff, but love homemade.  This recipe is yummy and so easy.

Quick and easy homemade mac and cheese

1. Bring two quarts (4 cups) of salted water to a boil.  (about 2 tsp salt)
2. Add 2 cups elbow macaroni
3. Cook until soft (about 7-8 min)
4.while the noodles cook prepare the sauce fixings

1/2 cup milk
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp or less mustard powder. just a bit.This adds a nice flavor that is essential to the recipe, but to much gets strong.
3/4 -1 cup grated cheese
1 Tbsp butter

5. When the noodles are cooked, drain the noodles and add them back to the pan
6. Stir in the butter
7. Add the milk mixed with the flour and spices
8. Cook and stir about a minute to thicken the sauce
9. Stir in the cheese
10. Enjoy

At our house we always add frozen vegetables to cool food down. The kids think that every bowl of hot food should have frozen veggies added.This particular day we used frozen peas and carrots and threw in some leftover ham.                         

                                 It is seriously so easy you will wonder why you didn't do this before.
                                     You will never want to go back to that yellow stuff in a box.


  1. This looks really good, I am going to have to try it. As bad as it sounds, one of my kids doesn't like homemade mac and cheese, only likes it out of the box and this looks really close to that so will have to try it. Thanks :)

  2. What a wonderful healthy, quick, easy and frugal recipe. I like the idea of adding the frozen veggies too.

  3. My son is super picky and doesn't like the baked mac and cheese that I usually make from scratch but prefers the goopier boxed cheese look so maybe I just need to suck it up and make one with out the yummy baked cheese topping. I still haven't purchased the dry mustard though so I haven't tried any recipes with that in it... I guess I will have to make the first step :)

  4. Thanks for linking this in to Food on Friday. Have a great week.

  5. I'm sorry, but I'm confused. Two quarts is 8 cups. Did you mean 1 quart? Also, you mention flour in the instructions, but I don't see that in the recipe. Did I miss it?

    1. Sorry Amy, I wrote this post a long time back as I was first blogging. I meant two quarts of water. The flour amount is two Tablespoons added into the milk and spice mix. I have learned to better proofread my posts. Thanks for pointing out the mistakes it makes me feel silly, but live and learn I suppose.