Classic Macaroni and Cheese

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  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup flour (all-purpose)
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt (plus more to taste)
  • kosher salt
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese (shredded 2-year aged, about 3 cups)
  • 3 ounces pecorino romano cheese (grated, about 1 cup)
  • 2/3 cup panko (optional)
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NutritionView more



Calories760Calories from Fat340
Total Fat38g58%
Saturated Fat23g115%
Trans Fat
Calories from Fat340
Total Carbohydrate74g25%
Dietary Fiber3g12%
Vitamin A
Vitamin C

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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Bona 10 days ago
This recipe is not worth the waist of ingredients. My son is the only one who like this mac n cheese. I will not make this agsin.
Jakupovic 18 days ago
Yummy. Add d more milk to make gunner sauce to use with veggie elbow pasta. Will definitely make it again.
Jen 26 days ago
First time making homemade Mac and Cheese. I have concord Beef Bourguignon, ( smoked out my kitchen) but I under cook rice and fail to make a simple recipe! This was very tasty and got “ Mom this is just like the good stuff we get at our southern friends house”
Emily H. 25 Jun
This is a really great basic recipe to play with - whether it be changing the cheeses, adding spices or meat and veggies, etc. Definitely a new favorite!
Pandas 24 Jun
It was magnificent. Had lots of cheese.🧀😍 Feeds way more then 6 people. 👍🏼 Wonderful recipe ❤️❤️💜❤️❤️
Scott L. 21 Jun
Family favorite! Would and do make it again and again!
Steve King 16 Jun
this mac is delicious. I could have kept eating it til it was gone
Mazen L. 5 Jun
I think the amount of flour need to be reduced
A very solid cheese sauce. Will definitely save this one.
Beautiful 26 May
Really great, would definitely make again
I put too much salt by accident. 😞 other then that I did like it. Its pretty heavy so really fills you up. taste even better when you bake it and put panko bread crumbs. next time will put less salt and try regular bread crumbs.
Jocelyn S. 17 May
It was creamy and delicious but I prefer without the pinko bread crumbs personally. I have made this a few times using pecorino Romano, sharp or old cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese for great results. Only recipe I use now for Mac and Cheese
Bredlau 5 May
This would have earned five stars without baking...after baking, it was even better. Perfect blend pf cheesy and creamy!
Samuel J. 24 Apr
solid recipe with good cheese flavor, but lacks intricacy or nuance.
Very good! I followed the recipe exactly except for the cheese, I used 3 different kinds of cheddar and mozzarella as that is what I had on hand. I did not bake it as my husband was too hungry to wait for that! It has a different flavor than other mac and cheese but that made it stand out a little. Only thing I may do differently next time is use a little less flour as I think I could taste that.
The best recipe I have tried! Came out so creamy
ab 6 Apr
Delicious! will definitely make it again.
Sara W. 28 Mar
Yum. Better without bread crumbs IMO
YR 26 Mar
I would decrease the amount of sauce/cheese mixture by 1/4.
It turned out great! The best mac & cheese!
Zeke 21 Mar
Great Tasty and will make it again
Sandra 19 Mar
Great recipe and pasta dish that is perfect for children and adults alike. Second time I’ve made this dish and it will not be the last.
Tee 8 Mar
It was alright. Nothing exciting
Mandy 5 Mar
It was good, I added taco seasoning too
i loved making it this way !!
Thomas T. 21 Feb
Turned out very well added some fire roasted green Chile’s. I will be saving this recipe
Cheesy dense delicious makes 8 servings
Kirsta J. 17 Feb
Very moist, great flavor. My 12 yr old made it for dinner and I roasted broccoli Great job sweetie!
Shannon 14 Jan
Delicious and easy to make. Plus enough for leftovers!
Mary R. 8 Jan
Wonderful recipe! Love the mixture of cheeses