Easy Homemade Mac and Cheese
Dinner,  Side Dishes

Easy Homemade Mac and Cheese

All you need is 8 ingredients and a few minutes of your time to make this easy homemade Mac and cheese. When I think of comfort food; this is the dish that comes to mind. Nothing beats creamy cheesy goodness with perfectly cooked pasta. It is one meal that will always bring you joy. It makes for a crowd-pleasing side dish at any potluck especially next to turkey on a Thanksgiving table. Both kids and adults alike love this mac and cheese!

I have had my share of Mac and cheese and this recipe is at the top. You get creamy, cheesy, and crunch all in one bite. What more can you ask for?

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Easy Homemade Mac and Cheese

This is a comfort food classic and is especially enjoyed during the holidays. What is better than pasta and gooey cheese? Nothing! I use three different kinds of cheeses and start with a roux to make the sauce extra creamy. I bake it at the end with more cheese on top to develop a nice crispy crust for a contrast in texture. This is literally what dreams are made of.
Be sure to give this recipe a try and let me know what you think of it in the comments!
Happy Holidays šŸ™‚
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cheese, Comfort food, Easy Homemade Mac and Cheese, Fufus Kitchen, Kid friendly meals, Mac and Cheese, macaroni and cheese, Thanksgiving side dishes
Servings: 8 people
Author: Fufu’s Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 16 oz Elbow Pasta cooked, al dente according to package instructions
  • 2 cups Shredded Gruyere & Swiss cheese This can be bought shredded at Aldi
  • 3 cups Shredded Sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 5 tbsp Butter
  • 1/3 cup All-purpose flour
  • 3 cups Whole Milk
  • 1 cup Heavy cream You can also use Half N' half
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a large pot, add the butter and flour. Stir until this turns into light brown color and thick just like a roux.
  • To this, add the milk and cream. Keep stirring for about 5 minutes until the mixture starts to thicken.
  • Once this mixture starts boiling, start adding in the cheeses.
  • Add 1 cup of cheddar, 1 cup of gruyere and swiss, and 1/2 a cup of Parmesan. Stir this; it should be a thick and creamy consistency. Season with salt and pepper.
  • To this, add the cooked pasta and mix it all together.
  • In a 9 x 13 baking pan which has been buttered, add half of the pasta mixture. Top this with some more cheese from all 3 varieties. Top again with the rest of the pasta and then with the rest of the cheese.
  • Bake in a 350 F oven for about 20 minutes then broil for 1-2 minutes until the top is lightly browned. Enjoy warm!

What goes best with Mac and Cheese?

Fried Chicken (ultimate comfort meal) Check out my oven-baked crispy tenders for a healthier option without missing out on that crunch!

Meatloaf – I have a delicious turkey meatloaf recipe that you should check out!

Any sort of BBQ or Roast whether chicken or beef

Can this be made gluten-free?

Most definitely. Just use your favorite gluten-free pasta but be sure to pick up one that is tubular in shape so it holds the creamy sauce.

Can the cheese choices be switched?

Yes, while I believe this is a great blend of cheeses that makes for a delicious baked mac n cheese there can be adjustments made. Cheddar, however, is a must!

A good substitute for the cheeses can be Velveeta, Mozzarella, and/or Monterey Jack. All of these are readily available in any supermarket.

For a Vegan Mac and Cheese, check this butternut squash version out!

2 Comments

  • Arooba

    Iā€™m bringing a side dish to thanksgiving dinner. I plan to make mac and cheese but wanted to change it up a bit and add some flavor. Iā€™m thinking some bell peppers. Maybe cajan seasoning (do you suggest a certain amount) ? Also, do you think Mexican cheese blend would work with that? Iā€™m not trying to add any shrimp or meat. Thank you!

    • Heifa

      You can definitely add Cajun seasoning to change it up but I wouldn’t necessarily add any vegetables to this but that is completely up to you! enjoy šŸ™‚

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