Ellie's Macaroni and Cheese

READY IN: 45mins
Recipe by ellie_

Easy-to-make macaroni and cheese that I've been making for years. This is a great end-of-the week recipe using up leftover deli cheese with American cheese and left over hot dogs or meatloaf.

Top Review by Kim127

This was great!!! Very easy to make. I did sprinkle some bread crumbs and garlic salt on top with the paprika. Thank you Ellie!!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 (16 ounce) box macaroni (we like the wheels or elbows)
  • 1 12 cups 1% low-fat milk
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter or 2 tablespoons margarine
  • 1 lb American cheese, reserve 4 slices (or a mixture of American and assorted deli cheese torn into pieces, does not matter what size as it)
  • 2 -4 cooked hot dogs, cut into slices (optional) or 2 -4 leftover meatloaf, crumbled (optional)
  • paprika (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Prepare macaroni according to package directions, drain.
  3. Melt butter or margarine in large sauce pan.
  4. Add flour and stir until cooked.
  5. If using hot dogs or leftover meatloaf add to flour and butter and cook until heated.
  6. Add milk to pan.
  7. Cook until heated and thickened.
  8. Add cheese to pan and stir well until cheese melts.
  9. Add cooked macaroni to pan and mix well.
  10. Put macaroni/cheese mixture in casserole (2-3 quart).
  11. Cut or tear the 4 reserved slices of cheese and layer it over macaroni.
  12. Sprinkle with paprika.
  13. Cook uncovered in oven for 30-45 minutes until hot and bubbling.

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