Traditional Macaroni & Cheese

Traditional Macaroni & Cheese

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15 min.
35 min.
6 servings

This baked version of Traditional Macaroni & Cheese is quick and easy to prepare. This family favorite is always a welcomed addition for lunch or at dinnertime.


  • 1 2/3 cups (about 7 oz.) dry small elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 2 cups (8 oz.) shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
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PREHEAT oven to 375° F. Grease 2-quart casserole dish.

COMBINE cornstarch, salt, mustard and pepper in medium saucepan. Stir in evaporated milk, water, and butter. Cook over medium-heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in 1½ cups cheese until melted. Add macaroni; mix well. Pour into prepared casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese.

BAKE for 20 to 25 minutes or until cheese is melted and light brown.

NOTE: To transform Macaroni & Cheese from a simple dish to a savory one-dish meal, add 1 cup chopped ham or hot dogs after milk mixture comes to a boil.

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My husband hates it when I use any other recipes. Great and easy recipe!

- Mia Tomei from La Porte

Search is over!!!!

This macaroni & cheese casserole was the best tasting I've ever made not to mention quick & easy. I don't like to add eggs so this recipe is perfect! The only thing I might change up in the future is the types of cheese I use other than that, this recipe is a keeper, you won't be dissapointed!

- Lucille Landry from Red Bank, NJ


I have tried many recipes for mac and cheese and this is one of the best I have found. I don't like eggs in my macaroni and this stayed creamy.

- Joanna Delaney from Chunchula, AL

Absolute Winner!

I am not a all...and was asked to bake a homemade dish of mac and cheese. I was so nervous but it was a smashing success! I made it two more times within the month and brought it to more parties...It's so delicious and rich. I actually added some extra sharp cheddar cheese and it was really so darn tasty!

- MM Maureen from Chicago


I have been craving homemade macaroni & cheese so was thrilled that I found this easy sounding recipe. It was all that I had hoped for! Very creamy and delicious. I mixed bread crumbs with the cheese for the top for a nice crunch. My husband is still talking about how good it was with dinner tonight! I added the recipe to my recipe box and will definitely be making this again! :)

- Renee Willis from Livermore, CA

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/6 of Recipe

Servings Per Recipe: 6

  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 290
  • Calories from Fat: 140
  • Total Fat: 15g (23% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 9g (45% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 50mg (17% of DV)
  • Sodium: 540mg (22% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 26g (9% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: .5g (3% of DV)
  • Sugars: 5g
  • Protein: 13g
  • Vitamin A: 10% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 0% of DV
  • Calcium: 30% of DV
  • Iron: 4% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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