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Homey Mac & Cheese

I also call this "my grandson's mac and cheese." Zachary has been to Iraq and Afghanistan with both the Marines and Navy, and I've been privileged to make his favorite casserole for him for over 20 years. —Alice Beardsell, Osprey, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups 2% milk
  • 5 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Cook macaroni according to package directions for al dente.
  • Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, heat butter over medium heat. Stir in flour, salt and pepper until smooth; gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir until thickened, 2-3 minutes.
  • Reduce heat. Stir in 3 cups cheese and Worcestershire sauce until cheese is melted.
  • Drain macaroni; stir into sauce. Transfer to a greased 10-in. ovenproof skillet. Bake, uncovered, 20 minutes. Top with remaining cheese; sprinkle with paprika. Bake until bubbly and cheese is melted, 5-10 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 447 calories, 28g fat (20g saturated fat), 97mg cholesterol, 701mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 22g protein.

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