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Recipe of the Week: Homemade Mac and Cheese

The perfect cold-weather comfort food.

When it starts getting chilly outside, I start craving comfort food, and homemade maccaroni and cheese is one of my favorites.

This recipe from AllRecipes.com is the closest I've found to the way my mom makes it—I don't think my mom and I ever wrote down the one we make, so this will have to do!

Here's what you need:

  • 8 ounces uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 pinch paprika

Here's what you do:

  1. Cook macaroni according to the package directions. Drain.
  2. In a saucepan, melt butter or margarine over medium heat. Stir in enough flour to make a roux. Add milk to roux slowly, stirring constantly. Stir in cheeses, and cook over low heat until cheese is melted and the sauce is a little thick. Put macaroni in large casserole dish, and pour sauce over macaroni. Stir well.
  3. Melt butter or margarine in a skillet over medium heat. Add breadcrumbs and brown. Spread over the macaroni and cheese to cover. Sprinkle with a little paprika.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes. Serve.

Here's the link to the original recipe on AllRecipes.com.

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AiXeLsyD13 December 06, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Sounds good! I just made one without the roux ingredients, it was pretty creamy: http://dixiecaviar.com/2012/04/11/macaroni-and-cheese-or-heaven-on-earth/ Only I added some leftover "cheese crumbles" we had used for a salad... and a dash of buttermilk. I only baked for 20 minutes too. 30 would have been way too long. Next time, I want to try to sub in Velveeta instead of the American, & put a crust on top.
Erin Faulk December 07, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Yum! I actually went home earlier this week and my mom showed me exactly how she makes hers. It's similar to yours—no roux, and only bake it for 20 minutes. We also only used cheddar and parmesan, and milk instead of cream. Buttermilk would be great in this.

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