Homemade macaroni and cheese


There is just something so good about homemade macaroni and cheese. Maybe it’s all the butter…. maybe it’s all the cheese… who knows, but it is WAY better than that boxed stuff! ;)

This recipe is one of my favorite homemade macaroni and cheese recipes. It is super creamy, and tastes amazing baked with a little extra cheese on top. You could even sprinkle on some ritz cracker crumbs before baking to add an extra touch. This dish makes the perfect meal or side dish. We usually serve this up at holiday parties and the kids and adults all love it.

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Homemade macaroni & cheese


  • 1 lb elbow noodles
  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • 3-4 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cup milk (I used 1%)
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1 TB yellow mustard
  • 3 cups medium or sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup mild cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp creole (or seasoned salt)
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

*Add an additional 1 cup of shredded cheese before baking*


In a large pot cook your noodles according to package, then drain the water when cooked.
In a large pot, melt butter over medium-low heat and then whisk in flour. Cook for about 3-5 minutes, stirring consistently.
Add in salt and pepper.
Whisk in milk, whipping cream and mustard. Next add in shredded cheese and stir until smooth.
Add in cooked noodles and stir to combine.
Serve as is, or pour into a 9x9 or 9x13 buttered baking dish and add additional cheese on top. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

We made this last weekend and my family devoured it! Definitely add this to your menu next week!

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Nell posted on November 26, 2013 at 1:09 pm (#

    Oooh, Yummy! You’ve given me an idea for supper, tonight. We’ve had some cold, wintry weather the past few days. Always interested in perfecting my go-to mac & cheese recipee Also, thanks for the great cookie ideas recently. I’ve found some new favorites including the Pistachio Cherry Meltaways — a real hit at a cookie walk. I may add a few chocolate jimmies or mini chocolate chips to the batter next time, as this reminds me of another pistachio treat made with the jimmies.

    • Jamielyn posted on December 4, 2013 at 12:39 pm (#

      Homemade mac & cheese is an essential in our house! I hope you enjoy this recipe. Those pistachio cookies are delicious…I’m sure they would be even better with chocolate in them! Good idea!

  2. Deb hallett posted on November 14, 2014 at 11:33 am (#

    What do you mean for whipping cream?

    • Jamielyn posted on November 18, 2014 at 9:58 pm (#

      Whipping cream is also referred to as heavy cream. It’s usually near the milk and other dairy products at the grocery store. I hope this helps!

  3. Lois Balsman posted on June 29, 2015 at 1:18 pm (#

    Love a good mac & cheese recipe, especially one that makes a lot!  Does this amount fit into a 9X9 pan?  I would think it would need at least a 9X13.  Thanks for sharing this great looking recipe!

    • Laura Capello posted on June 30, 2015 at 8:52 am (#

      It does fit in a 9×9 pan, but you could put it in a 9×13 pan and just have it be less tall if you prefer! :)