Homestyle Macaroni and Cheese

Total Time
40 mins
20 mins

It's not a lowfat casserole, but it's so delicious you won't care. Add leftover ham for an even heartier meal.

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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cook macaroni (1/2 pound= 2 cups dry) until just al dente.
  3. You can use elbows for a traditional look, but try scoobi-doo-- it works well in this recipe.
  4. Drain pasta well.
  5. While the mac is boiling, melt the 1/4-cup butter in a large pot.
  6. Whisk in the flour.
  7. Over med heat, whisk until smooth and bubbly (only about a minute).
  8. Stir in milk, cream cheese, salt, pepper& mustard.
  9. Keep cooking and stirring until sauce is thickened-- about three or four minutes.
  10. Cut the block of cheddar into half-inch cubes.
  11. Add drained macaroni and cubed cheddar& combine well.
  12. Pour into a casserole sprayed with Pam.
  13. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and sprinkle over top.
  14. Dust with paprika if desired.
  15. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until top is golden brown and casserole is heated through.
Most Helpful

5 5

We loved the creamy texture of this dish. I didn't know that homemade mac & cheese was so easy. I added ham & broccoli to make it a main dish casserole and my husband, who doesn't care for mac & cheese said that it was a keeper. Thanks for the suggestion, Lennie.

5 5

I have made a zillion and one different versions of macaroni and cheese, but never with cream cheese in it. This one was so luscious, we're going to be having it more often. It's a cross between mac and cheese and elbows alfredo. Thanks Lennie!

5 5

I have wanted to make this recipe for months and I knew that has it was baking in the oven I was in for a major "good thing." It was so good that I have been sneaking nibbles of cold mac and cheese. Lennie, this is a very addictive and wonderful recipe. I just wish I had made it sooner!