Basic macaroni cheese

From Cookipedia

We have some more elaborate macaroni cheese recipes here. This is a simple version of Mac and cheese. You could make it even simpler by omitting the parmesan cheese without spoiling the overall effect.

Of course you can substitute your favourite cheese in place of the cheddar.

Basic macaroni cheese
Servings:Serves 4
Calories per serving:719
Ready in:30 minutes
Prep. time:5 minutes
Cook time:25 minutes
Recipe author:Chef
First published:20th December 2012

Best recipe review

A good starting point


I like to use this as a starting point. Try adding chopped gammon and chillies, for instance.

Paul R Smith


Printable 🖨 shopping 🛒 list & 👩‍🍳 method for this recipe

Mise en place


  1. Cook the macaroni in a large saucepan of lightly-salted boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes or until al-dente.
  2. Drain well and set aside.
  3. Melt the butter over a gentle heat in another saucepan that will be large enough to hold the pasta and the sauce together.
  4. Add the flour and mix well with a wooden spoon.
  5. Cook this roux for a minute.
  6. Little by little, whisk in the milk.
  7. Cook for 10 minutes until thick and smooth.
  8. Stir in most of the cheddar, leaving a little to sprinkle on the top.
  9. Gently cook for a further 5 minutes.
  10. Mix the macaroni into the sauce and mix well.
  11. Pour the macaroni cheese into an oven-proof dish, sprinkle with the remaining cheese and bake under the hot grill until the cheese is melted, browned and bubbling.
  12. Serve immediately.

See also

Browse Cookipedia's recipes with Pinterest

Almost all of Cookipedia's recipe pictures have now been uploaded to Pinterest which is a very convenient way to browse through them, all in one huge board, or by individual categories. If you're a Pinterest user you'll find this feature useful.

#basicmacaronicheese #macaroni #pasta #grated #butter #cheddar #cheese #sauce #parmesancheese #salted #ovengrill