Easy Homemade macaroni and cheese in a baking dish with three small bowls next to it, close-up.
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Classic Macaroni & Cheese

Easy homemade macaroni and cheese recipe! Cheesy, creamy, and quick this recipe is a family favorite and the perfect match for any meal!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword easy macaroni and cheese, homemade macaroni and cheese, macaroni and cheese from scratch
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 384kcal
Author Longbourn Farm • Alli Kelley


  • 1 lb cooked pasta use your favorite
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2-2 cups warm milk
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon season salt
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste

Optional Topping:

  • 1/4 cup plain or seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter cut into small pieces


  • In a deep skillet, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and cook until golden, about 3 minutes (DON'T skip this step).
  • Gradually whisk in 1 1/2 cups of warm milk (microwave 1-2 minutes) and simmer until thickened.
  • On low heat, add peppers, salts, tomato paste, and cheese. Stir until totally combined.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings and thickness. Stir in cooked pasta.

Optional Topping

  • Sprinkle breadcrumbs over the top and dot with butter.
  • Broil on high for 2-3 minutes until the top is golden brown and bubbly.


Calories: 384kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 624mg | Potassium: 178mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 810IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 361mg | Iron: 1.4mg