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Budget Macaroni and Cheese

This is a quick and creamy main dish. I've tried many macaroni and cheese recipes, but this is my favorite.—Debbie Carlson, San Diego, California
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 package (7 ounces) elbow macaroni
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Dash pepper
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • Cook the macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add the flour, salt and pepper; stir until smooth; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in cheese until melted.
  • Drain macaroni. Add to the cheese mixture; toss to coat.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 412 calories, 20g fat (13g saturated fat), 61mg cholesterol, 437mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 15g protein.

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  • Chelsea
    Jun 8, 2019

    No comment left

  • Laura 1207
    Dec 19, 2017

    awful, sticky, tasted like paste

  • VenusDoomed
    Jan 11, 2015

    We made this for Thanksgiving (just the 2 of us). It was good. I definitely think the flavor should be kicked up a notch when making it again as it did taste a little too much like flour. :)

  • popoaggie
    Feb 17, 2014

    I added extra 1/2 cup of pepper cheese and kicked the flavor up a bit. Also put it under the broiler for a few minutes for a little extra crunch.

  • ClarkR
    Dec 9, 2012

    Good and easy to make.

  • PreciousPirate
    Dec 4, 2012

    After making this recipe we tasted too much flour and not enough seasonings and cheese.

  • huskerzfan_1977
    Apr 23, 2012

    No comment left

  • Wingding52
    Dec 31, 2011

    Nothing special. More like a box recipie.

  • thinlynn
    Aug 10, 2011

    I made this recipe for my teen son and I for dinner tonight, and it was delicious.

  • kpeown
    Jul 10, 2011

    Just made this to bring for a cookout. It turned out delicious as is but to give it a little more of a kick I added some sour cream, paprika, and ground mustard. I also topped it with extra cheddar cheese!