Homemade macaroni and cheese
Print Recipe
5 from 6 votes

Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Baked Macaroni and Cheese - Creamy, comforting and absolutely delicious. Tastes amazing baked with a little extra cheese on top. Perfect side dish recipe for entertaining! 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked macaroni
Servings: 12
Calories: 393kcal
Author: Jamielyn Nye


  • 1 pound elbow noodles (or mini penne)
  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • 3-4 Tablespoons  flour
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons yellow or dijon mustard
  • 3 cups medium or sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1 cup mild cheddar cheese (shredded), more if desired

S&P, to taste

    Optional: 1/2 cup bread crumbs


      • Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 9x13" baking dish and set aside. 
      • Cook your noodles in a large pot according to package, then drain the water once cooked.
      • In a large pot, melt butter over medium-low heat and then whisk in flour. Cook for about 3-5 minutes, stirring consistently. 
      • Whisk in milk, whipping cream and mustard. Next add in shredded cheese and stir until smooth. Add in salt and pepper, to taste. 
      • Add in cooked noodles and stir to combine.
      • Serve as is, or pour into a 9×9 or 9×13 buttered baking dish and add additional cheese on top. Add bread crumbs if desired. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is bubbly. Broil for 1 minute if desired. 


      You can also substitute the cheddar cheese for mozzarella.


      Calories: 393kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 400mg | Potassium: 172mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 690IU | Calcium: 322mg | Iron: 0.9mg