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Creamy Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

This creamy cheese sauce is the best way to make macaroni and cheese! Perfect for lunch, dinner, an appetizer or just because!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings


  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 ½ cups milk
  • Additional add-ins, such as veggies or cooked meat
  • 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese, or any other type you have
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 8-oz cooked and drained hot pasta


  • Create a roux by melting the butter, whisking in the flour and allowing to thicken.
  • Add milk slowly, about ⅓ cup at a time, and mix well between additions.
  • Let the sauce get thick between additions until you have the desired amount.
  • Add in any extras, if desired.
  • Remove from heat and add in desired cheese, salt and pepper to taste. Mix well.
  • Add hot pasta and mix well. Enjoy!


Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop. You may need to add a little bit of milk or heavy cream if it's not as creamy as you'd like!
Keyword creamy, delicious, easy, pasta