Homemade Mac and Cheese, Macaroni and Cheese as Foodies would have us call it has long been a staple of American tradition. A mere whiff of a baked homemade mac and cheese beckons us back to the days of our youth spending Christmas at Nana’s house 🙂 and will undoubtedly gather a hungry crowd around any Thanksgiving table. This article covers not only the basics of how to make homemade mac and cheese easy, but the nuances including the different cheese sauces, macaroni noodles and specialty ingredients used to make famous recipes like Homemade Lobster mac served in New England.

To some people homemade seems difficult and complicated, or they seem overwhelmed with how to create the finished product. I hope this article helps you feel more confident to get into the kitchen and get your hands dirty! Homemade really isn’t as hard as it seems. Just make sure to follow the recipes step by step and you can make amazing homemade mac and cheese too! There’s nothing better than the accomplishment you feel after pulling a dish out of the oven. I prefer homemade over anything else, the flavors are so much better and the extra love that goes into a meal makes all the difference!

Homemade Mac and Cheese Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 8-10

Serving Size: 1 cup

Calories per serving: 490

Homemade Mac and Cheese Recipe


  • Cheese | 3 cups
  • Real Butter | 2 tablespoons
  • Milk | 2 cups
  • Flour | 2 tbsp
  • Macaroni


  1. Cook macaroni in Boiling water 7-10 minutes as directed. In a medium sauce pan melt 2 tablespoons real butter stirring in 2 tablespoons flour and 2 cup milk until smooth. Add to sauce. Melt 5 minutes. Drain the Mac and add to cheese sauce.
  2. Lightly Grease your best casserole dish. Spread mac mixture evenly. Cover with 1 cup cheese and 1 cup your toppings. Bake 400° for 20 min. Let Cool 10-15 minutes and Serve.

Homemade Mac and Cheese Sauce

Homemade mac and cheese sauce ingredients vary from recipe to recipe with many being tightly held family secrets. Play around with a few ideas and try to fine tune one of our recipes above to create your own new dish. An easy starter base is Velvetta, all you need to do is add to the macaroni and mix well. It’s that easy! I prefer the mix of Mild Cheddar, Sharp Cheddar and Jack in equal parts. It is creamy and the depth of flavor goes a long way to the finish product.

How to Make Homemade Mac and Cheese Better

Now that you have a recipe, lets go over some of the different cooking methods and cookware to make your mac better. Most commonly baked in a glass or pyrex casserole dish, methods on how to make mac n cheese have begun to evolve over the last few generations of families with new members inventing recipes of their own. It is not uncommon at a holiday party to see homamde mac and cheese cooked in a

  • Grill-Gives a smoky hardwood flavor
  • Crock Pot-Stays Warm and Creamy
  • Stove Top-Crispy and Quick
  • Cast Iron Skillet-Crunchy Homemade Mac
  • Microwave-Easiest

Although I have tested most of these trends I find myself gravitating back to my roots with the pyrex casserole dish. It tends to cook evenly and holds the heat well thru the meal. I have recently taken it a step further and started using more cast iron to get the mac n cheese extra crispy.

Easy Homemade Mac and Cheese

For an easy homemade mac and cheese try using a crock pot. They stay warm indefinitely and is easy to carry to any event. I love my crock pot, its so easy and convenient for a working mother. Nothing is more comforting than coming in after a long day. Try using Parmesan or adding a crunchy topping.

Lightly spray your crock pot with Cooking Spray then add the precooked noodles (or any other type of small pasta), and base. For added flavor 10 minutes prior to serving sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar and any toppings. Once it’s done make sure to stir well.

Which Toppings?

Best Topping for Homemade Mac and Cheese

  • Bacon– Sizzling
  • Lobster– Finest for seafood lovers
  • Banana Peppers-Add a Little Bite
  • Crackers-Large Buttery Crust
  • Bread Crumbs-Classic Topping

What Kind of Macaroni?

Its to easy to say lets just use Macaroni as our noodle. My family prefers shells and cheese oddly enough. With macaroni shapes like wagon wheels, dinosaurs, big twist, shells coming in whole grain, tri color or white the sky is the limit for your next batch of macaroni. You can take it to the next level and try making your own noodles.

Best Homemade Mac and Cheese Recipes

My personal favorite is the classic baked mac-extra crunchy, but I must admit its all about the sauce and toppings. Check out the winner of the 2015 Best Homemade Mac and Cheese Recipes Contest. We had an amazing 327 community submitted recipes. Thank You to everyone for helping us find the best recipes out there! The Winner was chosen based on easiness of the recipe, flavor, texture and uniqueness. If you have any homemade recipes or tips, please leave a comment at the bottom of the page.

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Fried Mac and Cheese Balls

This winning submission is my new go to. The best part is it taste delicious and is easy to clean up 🙂  It’s a new twist on homemade mac and cheese and I think you’ll love them just as much as my family does!homemade mac and cheese