The Best Ever Mac & Cheese

"Possibly the best tasting recipe ever for Macaroni & Cheese. It is also the easiest. Charlie and I can eat the whole bowl in one sitting. We absolutely love this recipe!"
photo by Chef Howe photo by Chef Howe
photo by Chef Howe
photo by Chef Howe photo by Chef Howe
Ready In:
1hr 10mins
1 casserole




  • Spread butter on bottom of casserole dish.
  • Add rest of ingredients except for the water in a large bowl.
  • Mix together well then place in buttered casserole dish.
  • Add the boiling water.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour.
  • Let set for about 10 minutes before serving.

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  1. Maybe not best ever but easiest ever. I hate cooking macaroni and this worked well. I had some cottage cheese and a craving for mac and cheese so this was perfect. I used ruffles pasta. Clueless on the seasoning so used about 1/2 tsp sriracha and 1 tsp yellow prepared mustard. Also added 2 eggs but that might not have been my best idea ever. Need to make sure the pasta is evenly distributed.
  2. LOVED the ease of this recipe!!! Didn't change a thing and even my son, who hates cottage cheese, raved about it many, many times throughout dinner and said I need to make this more often. Thank you for a fun, easy and delicious recipe!
  3. 5 stars for ease of prep and taste! Loved that I didn't have to cook the macaroni first! Also, for those who are unsure as I was, 12 oz shredded cheese is approx 3 cups. I used a couple different kinds of cheese, odds and ends I had left over. Also, I skipped the hot sauce. The last 10 minutes I threw some panko on top - uncovered - and browned under the broiler. This added the crunchy crust I so love on Mac and Cheese. Next time I think I will substitute 1 cup of hot milk for 1 of the cups of water to make it creamier. A nice alternative to high fat mac and cheeses! Thanks for posting!!
  4. Finally a recipe that worked really well with tofu shirataki noodles (minus the water, since they are precooked)...healthy mac and cheese - yeah :-)
  5. OMG, this was so good. I tossed in some spinach and garlic to make it even better!


I am an avid cook, golfer and traveler. I lost my first love in '93 and thought golf would fill the hole in my heart. It did not, but Charlie did. I met him one morning at a local resturant. We started talking, discovered that we were both widowers and had a lot in common (golf, travel, etc). I believe in love at first sight and have had it twice in my lifetime. I had no children by my first husband, but now I have 4 beautiful children and 5 beautiful grandchildren. How lucky can one woman be. We have a home-based travel business, which allows us to travel the globe. We love to cruise and I love to try and recreate the wonderful food served on the ship. I love to bake and desserts are probably what I am best at making. We entertain alot and I love to cook for a crowd.
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