Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins

When I was younger, I found this recipe in a Children's Betty Crocker Cookbook and its stuck with me ever since! Over the years I've made a few changes, but its just as delicious as ever! A nice recipe because most people have American cheese in their house lying around - you don't have to go to the store and buy expensive fancy cheeses!


  1. Put a medium pot of water on to boil. When boiling, add the elbow macaroni and cook for the amount of time the box requires.
  2. While the pasta is boiling, combine the butter, finely chopped garlic, and flour in a small to medium size sauce pan on medium heat. When the butter is completely melted and the mixtures forms a very loose dough remove from heat. Add salt, pepper, and milk. Return to medium-high heat and whisk until everything is well combined. Keep stirring occasionally until the mixture begins to boil.
  3. When the mixture begins boiling, slowly add a few pieces of cheese at a time and whisk until melted. Continue this process until all of the cheese is melted. If you like basil, you can add some at this time.
  4. Drain the pasta and return back to the pot. Then add cheese mixture. Stir and serve!
Most Helpful

This is a very nice mac-n-cheese recipe, and you've gotta love comfort food that you can put together quickly with ingredients that are always on hand! So much better than a boxed mix and really not much more effort than that. I topped mine with a little smoked paprika and really enjoyed - thanks for sharing your recipe! Made for Spring Pick-A-Chef 2013

loof April 06, 2013

At first bite I didn't think I was going to appreciate the flavor of this since it is so different in taste from normal Mac & Cheese recipes. I used the basil and it definitely gave the macaroni a different but nice flavor. I didn't think it was as cheesy as most of the casseroles, but actually was good. I think the milk diluted the cheese a bit but after eating more of it, I realized the cheese flavor was there, it was just more delicate as if it had been made with an alfredo sauce. I'm giving it 4 stars because I liked it afterall and am about to have a small second helping. BTW, I baked it at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes instead of on top of the stove. Made for PAC Spring 2013.

CarrolJ April 06, 2013