Grandma Sugar's Shell Macaroni and Cheese

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 35 mins

This is the ultimate comfort food to me. My mom's extra cheesy recipe for Macaroni Shells and Cheese!


  1. Cook macaroni 10 minutes in boiling salted water.
  2. Coat microwave safe casserole dish with melted butter.
  3. Put cheese cubes, milk, and pepper in butter-coated, 2-quart casserole dish and microwave six minutes on medium power or until cheese is melted. Stir until it creates cheese sauce.
  4. Add cooked macaroni to the cheese sauce. Stir until all macaroni shells are coated with cheese sauce.
  5. Slice cheddar cheese into approximately 3/8" slices and insert slices into macaroni and cheese sauce mixture.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until browned.
Most Helpful

OMG this is so cheesy. I love cheese but this was a bit much for us. Next time I would only use two cups of Velveeta. I did add 1/2 teaspoon of pepper and my family thought it could have used more. This was good and everyone ate it but did comment that it had too much cheese.

bmcnichol March 26, 2013

Definitely extra cheesy in the final results. Some of the cheese did not blend as well as I would have liked so I guess I'm more accustomed to making a roux first to start off my cheese but this is definitely a quicker way to put it all together. I think it needs a bit more flavor as it was a little lacking and I added a lot of fresh ground pepper after baking. It was nice not to have to prepare a breadcrumb crust and just serve this as is straight from the oven. The top got nicely golden in 30 minutes. So glad I found this through the I Recommend Tag Game.

HokiesMom April 05, 2011

Very good. I added an extra 1/4 teaspoon of pepper, but this was an excellent dish. I will make this agaain.

weekend cooker July 05, 2008