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Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Photo and Recipe by Diana Rattray
Try this recipe for Baked Macaroni and Cheese made with a homemade cheese sauce along with cooked macaroni and seasonings.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: Serves 4 to 6


  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons butter, plus about 1 tablespoon for the topping
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
  • salt


Preheat oven to 350°. Butter a 1 1/2-quart baking dish.

 Cook macaroni in boiling salted water according to package directions; drain well and set aside.

Meanwhile, melt butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Blend in flour, stirring constantly, until smooth and bubbly. Gradually stir in milk and half-and-half. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture boils and thickens, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and add paprika, pepper, and 2 cups of the cheese; stir until cheese is melted and sauce is smooth.

Combine sauce with the macaroni and add salt to taste. Place in the prepared casserole dish. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top and dot with additional butter.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes.

Serves 4 to 6.


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 5 out of 5
Excellent!!!, Member teachermrw

This dish is tasty and cheesy. The paprika adds a nice flavor dimension. A keeper!

2 out of 3 people found this helpful.

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