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homemade macaroni and cheese on plate

Kid-Friendly Homemade Mac and Cheese

  • Author: Erika Bragdon
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Yield: serves 12 1x
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: American


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.


  • Serving Size: 12
  • Calories: 391
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Sodium: 372mg
  • Fat: 21g
  • Saturated Fat: 13g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 7g
  • Carbohydrates: 36g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 15g
  • Cholesterol: 60mg

Keywords: baked casserole, homemade macaroni and cheese, with bread crumbs