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Mac and Cheese Recipe

It doesn't matter what the occasion is, I'm always up for good old Mac N' Cheese. I love comfort food and nothing tastes better than when you make it from scratch. You could sneak in some veggies making it even more wholesome, your kids will never notice. Try out the recipe below, it's definitely a winner in my books!

Mac and Cheese Recipe


  • 8oz. (1/2 pound or about 1 3/4 cups) macaroni or medium tubular pasta (e.g. penne or conchiglie)

  • 3 tbsp butter

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard

  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

  • 1/8 tsp smoked paprika plus more for sprinkling on top

  • 2 1/2 cups 2% milk

  • 3cups (approx. 12 oz) grated medium cheddar cheese


  1. Boil the pasta until al dente, according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cool water to stop the cooking, and return to the pan you boiled it in. Set aside. (Mix in a little butter to keep the noodles from sticking if it’s going to be awhile before you make the sauce)

  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

  3. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the butter. When the butter has melted, add the flour, salt, dry mustard, pepper, and 1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika. With a wooden spoon or whisk, stir constantly for three minutes.

  4. Add the milk in a thin stream, stirring constantly with a whisk. Continue to stir constantly until the sauce thickens, about 10-12 minutes.

  5. Remove from heat and add 2 cups of the cheese, stirring until melted. Pour the cheese sauce over the pasta and toss gently until all of the pasta is coated.

  6. Add half the pasta to a two-quart casserole dish (I like a tall 8-inch by 8-inch baking dish). Sprinkle on half the cheese. Add the rest of the pasta. Sprinkle on the rest of the cheese, then dust lightly with the smoked paprika.

  7. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, until the mac and cheese starts getting a slightly dry and a tiny bit brown on top. Serve, topping individual servings with cooked, chopped bacon if desired.

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