Old Fashioned Macaroni And Cheese


16 ounces elbow macaroni, cooked according to package directions.

5 tbsp butter, unsalted

¼ cup all purpose flour

1 ¼ tsp ground mustard

2 cups milk, whole or 2%

1 ½ cup half and half cream

4 cups Cheddar Cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

Crumb Topping:

½ cup Panko bread crumbs

2 tbsp butter, unsalted and melted


Place the butter in a saucepan on medium heat.

Add the flour to the melted butter and stir for 1 minute

Slowly add in the milk and the half and half, ground mustard, salt and pepper, whisking as you add each

Remove from the heat and add in the shredded cheese a little at a time.

Continue stirring as you add the cheese

Drain and rinse the elbow macaroni and place back into baking dish

Carefully pour the cheese mixture over the macaroni

Stir to mix well

Mix the ingredients for the topping in a separate bowl and sprinkle on top of the macaroni and cheese

Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil

Bake at 350* for 40 to 45 minutes

Remove the foil from the dish and return to the oven to broil the top for a minute or two.

Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.


Nutrition Information:


Amount Per Serving: CALORIES: 281 | TOTAL FAT: 19g | SATURATED FAT: 11g | TRANS FAT: 0g | UNSATURATED FAT: 6g | CHOLESTEROL: 55mg | SODIUM: 271mg | CARBOHYDRATES: 16g | FIBER: 1g | SUGAR: 3g | PROTEIN: 11g

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I use different types of cheese in this macaroni and cheese recipe?

Yes, you can experiment with different cheeses to suit your taste preferences.

While Cheddar cheese is traditional, you can try adding Gruyere, Monterey Jack, or a combination of cheeses for a unique flavor.

Can I use skim milk or low-fat milk instead of whole or 2% milk?

While whole or 2% milk provides a creamier texture, you can use skim milk or low-fat milk as a lighter option.

Keep in mind that the sauce may be slightly less rich, but it will still be delicious.

Can I make this macaroni and cheese ahead of time?

Yes, you can assemble the macaroni and cheese ahead of time and refrigerate it before baking.

When ready to bake, simply remove it from the refrigerator, let it come to room temperature, and bake according to the instructions.

How do I store leftover macaroni and cheese?

Store leftover macaroni and cheese in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

To reheat, you can microwave individual portions or reheat in the oven until heated through.

Can I freeze macaroni and cheese?

Yes, you can freeze macaroni and cheese for future meals.

To freeze, transfer cooled macaroni and cheese to a freezer-safe container or resealable freezer bag, removing as much air as possible.

Freeze for up to 2-3 months.

Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

What can I serve with macaroni and cheese?

Macaroni and cheese pairs well with a variety of side dishes such as green salad, steamed vegetables, garlic bread, or roasted chicken.

It also makes a satisfying main dish on its own.

Can I make this macaroni and cheese gluten-free?

Yes, you can use gluten-free elbow macaroni and substitute the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend to make this recipe gluten-free.

What can I use instead of Panko bread crumbs for the topping?

If you don’t have Panko bread crumbs, you can use regular bread crumbs or crushed crackers as a topping for the macaroni and cheese.

Can I add additional ingredients to this macaroni and cheese?

Yes, feel free to customize this recipe by adding ingredients such as cooked bacon, diced ham, sautéed onions, or chopped vegetables like broccoli or spinach for added flavor and texture.

How can I make this macaroni and cheese more flavorful?

You can enhance the flavor of this macaroni and cheese by adding spices such as garlic powder, onion powder, or smoked paprika to the cheese sauce.

You can also experiment with adding herbs like thyme or parsley for a fresh taste.

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