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Easy Macaroni and Cheese (30 Minute Recipe)

This Easy homemade Macaroni and Cheese recipe is made with 9 simple ingredients and is so cheesy, creamy and made in less than 30 minutes!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 servings


  • 1 lb. uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • 3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups whole or low-fat milk
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese; shredded and divided
  • 1/4 cup American cheese


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and lightly grease a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with butter or nonstick cooking spray.
  • Cook the macaroni to al dente (usually about 6-8 minutes). Drain, rinse with cold water and set aside.
  • In a saucepan on medium heat, melt butter and then whisk in flour, salt and pepper. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Slowly add in the milk and heavy whipping cream. Stir constantly for a few minutes just until barley thickened. Remove from heat and whisk in 2 1/2 cups of cheddar cheese and American cheese. Whisk together until the cheese is completely melted and smooth. Add the cooked macaroni noodles and stir together until the macaroni is evenly coated.
  • Add the coated macaroni to the prepared baking dish and cover with the remaining shredded cheddar cheese. Bake for 15 minute or until the cheese is completely melted.


  1. Read recipe post on how to store leftovers and other recipe tips.