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The best homemade mac & cheese recipe I've tried so far. I've been experimenting with different recipes because my daughter LOVES the boxed type of mac & cheese but I don't like the artifical ingredients. Every mac & cheese recipe that I have made has received a thumbs down from my daughter, either not creamy enough, too salty, too dry, she doesn't care for the breadcrumbs, etc... Well, I'm happy to say that she said this recipe was DELICIOUS and creamy. Hurray! I did not add the chives or red pepper flakes. Next time, for her, I will omit the onions, too...I enjoyed them in there but she likes it plain. ~Made for the Aus/NZ recipe swap~ P.S. I used a combo of elbow macaroni and bowties.

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LifeIsGood September 17, 2009

This is great! It's easy to make and just enough for two. I didn't have sharp cheese, so I used mild and it was awesome. Thanks Diana.

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LizCl December 05, 2007

This is possibly the best basic mac & cheese recipe I've ever had! I made it exactly as written, and the kids & I all loved it! [Made for Aus/NZ Recipe Swap]

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Sara 76 September 02, 2009

Real comfort food, which we thoroughly enjoyed. I doubled the recipe and 3 of us ate 3/4 of it and the DM has claimed the left overs for lunch tomorrow. I served with steamed vegetables. Thank Diana #2, made for Recipe Swap #24 January 2009.

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I'mPat January 05, 2009

I'm glad I picked this recipe after googling mac & cheese. It was delicious. This was the first time I've made mac & cheese without the cheddar getting a little gritty. Maybe it was the hot milk? I like a little bite to my onions, so I didn't saute them, just added them after the cheese. Any raw onion taste is completely baked away, and they have a delightful little crunch to them. I love this recipe. My googling for the perfect mac & cheese is officially over.

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Yossi33 July 05, 2011

Mmmmmmmmmm this is wonderfully cheesy and oniony! I used red onion and did add the optional red pepper flakes. The only real change I made was to the milk - I used half skim and half kefir (cultured milk) and did not pre-heat it in the microwave. I don't have onion soup bowls so used two large ramekins, which were just a skosh too small and ran over a bit - fortunately I'd put them on a sheet pan in case that might happen :) I'm a mac and cheese aficionado and this really hit the spot! Thanks for sharing!

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flower7 May 30, 2010

This is the creamiest and cheesiest mac and cheese recipe I have found on zaar!! It was the perfect serving amount for lunch for DH and I on this rainny, gloomy day! Made with mini shells and left out the chives and red pepper flakes. Will be making this more often, only took a little longer than it does to make the 'blue box' and this is a thousand times better!! Made for PAC Spring 2010.

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AZPARZYCH April 24, 2010

I really liked this as a side dish, as the flavours were not too overpowering. Reheats well too! A keeper for us.

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Chickee December 30, 2008

This is so tasty. I have made it several times--and the leftovers are fought over! Thank you for the delicious recipe, Diana!

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sammyjo84 February 08, 2008

This is just like my sister-in-law's recipe, and it is awesome! Not at all like the stuff that comes out of a box.

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Random Rachel August 30, 2007
Creamy Macaroni & Cheese - for Two or One