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Old-Fashioned Macaroni and Cheese

Bring back the taste of days gone by with this ooey-gooey mac-and-cheese classic. A little ground mustard and hot pepper sauce give it just the right spice. —James Backman, Centralia, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min.
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 3-1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni (about 12 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Few dashes hot pepper sauce
  • 3-1/2 cups whole milk
  • 5 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided


  • Cook macaroni in boiling water until almost tender; drain. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, melt butter. Stir in the flour, salt, mustard, pepper and pepper sauce until smooth. Cook for 1 minute or until bubbly. Stir in the macaroni, milk and 4 cups cheese.
  • Transfer to an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. Cover and bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until bubbly. Uncover; sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

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  • BradleyMac
    Mar 19, 2020

    My go to mac

  • linda622
    Aug 18, 2016

    Great recipe, instead of shredding the cheese I cube it and put all 20 onces in a blender with the heated milk, then add it to the cooked flour and butter and stir in the cooked macaroni makes it much faster and I don't scrape my knuckles on the box grater. I add about 1 cup of crushed corn flakes sprinkled on the top before baking.

  • dschultz01
    Jun 16, 2015

    Great tasting mac & cheese! Nice, simple recipe, which is all you need!

  • PennsyDutchy
    Jul 7, 2014

    Ok, but very pedestrian recipe for Mac and Cheese. Try Fontina for half the cheddar. Half and half for the milk. White pepper instead of hot sauce. The ground mustard is a good inclusion.

  • jamieanne68
    Oct 15, 2013

    I have used sharp cheddar, and cubed velveeta, it was so creamy, and cheesy!!!

  • cookinama
    Jul 27, 2013

    Really good Mac and cheese. I didn't have hot sauce so I left it out. I even used mild cheddar but I think sharp cheddar would be great too. I added buttered bread crumbs for the topping by mixing firm white bread with melted butter while it baked uncovered. Absolutely delish!

  • NJ_mommy_1
    Jul 14, 2013

    This was delicious! I took this to a church event and it was gobbled all up. Thanks for the recipe and I will definitely be making this again!!

  • rockstaralice
    Jun 19, 2013

    This is my husband and 5 kiddos favorite Mac and cheese. My hubby is not a noodle person but it won him over. He loves it with steaks cooked in the oven with blue cheese, crushed croutons and chives. You won't be disappointed!

  • thewyatts4
    Sep 5, 2012

    No comment left

  • kristena73
    Aug 1, 2012

    I take this dish to many potlucks. Everybody loves it! I usually get a request for the recipe. Excellent!