Kid-Friendly Homemade Mac and Cheese

homemade macaroni and cheese on plate

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This favorite baked macaroni and cheese is easy to make and a tasty alternative to processed boxed mac ‘n cheese. Even picky kids love it!




  1. Cook macaroni noodles and drain.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  3. In a saucepan, melt 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter over medium heat. Stir in flour. Slowly add milk, stirring. Bring to a boil and stir for 2 minutes. Turn off the burner and add the cheese, salt, and pepper, stirring until the cheese is melted. Add the elbow macaroni noodles and mix well.
  4. Turn into a 2 quart casserole dish or 9×13″ pan.
  5. Mix together 2 TB melted, butter, 4 TB bread crumbs, and a dash of pepper. Sprinkle over the mac ‘n cheese.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes.


Note: this recipe makes about 12 servings or more, so you can halve it if you don’t need that much.