Gourmet Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

by | Jan 29, 2023 | Budget-friendly meals | 0 comments

This creamy and delicious macaroni and cheese was inspired by my childhood favorite. Growing up, I remember my mom always making this budget-friendly meal for family dinners or potlucks and it always received rave reviews. Now, I’m sharing my mom’s recipe with you so you can make it at home.

This macaroni and cheese is so creamy and cheesy, and it comes together in less than 30 minutes. Perfect for busy weeknights!


For a more flavorful macaroni and cheese, add some diced onion, garlic, and herbs. You can also add some cooked bacon or ham for a heartier dish. For a vegan version, use vegan cheese and substitute the butter and milk with vegan alternatives.

A 9x13 baking dish filled with creamy macaroni and cheese topped with lightly browned cheese.

Gourmet Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

This creamy and delicious macaroni and cheese is a budget-friendly meal that comes together in less than 30 minutes. Perfect for family dinners or potlucks!
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 8


  • Large pot, wooden spoon, 9×13 baking dish, whisk, measuring cups and spoons


  • 1 pound macaroni noodles
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 0.5 teaspoon pepper


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cook macaroni noodles according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  • In a large pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and whisk until combined. Slowly add in the milk, whisking constantly until the sauce thickens. Add the shredded cheeses, salt, and pepper, and stir until the cheese is melted.
  • Add the cooked macaroni noodles to the cheese sauce and stir until combined.
  • Pour the macaroni and cheese into a 9×13 baking dish and top with more shredded cheese.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until lightly browned and bubbling.


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