Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

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3 minutes
October 3, 2022
Carole Jones

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As I mentioned in last week’s Kids in the Kitchen post, my oldest son is headed off to college in a matter of days and the thought of only having four of my six children under my roof is a bit scary to me.  I don’t do well when I am not in control of all aspects of my life (aka “a control freak”) and I don’t like this new phase of life one little bit.  IMG_0142

There will be a big gap in our home in a few days.  Honestly, once he leaves, who will I have one sided conversations with or who will steal my towel every morning?  Who will wait to load the dishwasher until 1:00 in the morning or tease his baby sister until she cries?  The Jones home will just be all skiwampis without him.

This Homemade Macaroni and Cheese is my college-boy’s masterpiece in the kitchen.  He makes it at least twice a week and I’m glad he makes this great recipe instead of the nasty, neon orange crap in the box.  So much healthier than the fake stuff, not to mention a thousand times tastier as well!


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Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

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  • 1 lb box pasta
  • 4 Tb butter
  • 5 Tb flour
  • 2 C milk
  • 3 C freshly grated cheese
  • 1/4 C freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


  1. Cook pasta according to the directions on the box and drain.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, melt the butter and then whisk in the flour. Keep mixing while the mixture cooks for about 30 seconds. Add the milk while whisking briskly, being sure to get into the corners of the pan. Bring to a boil and allow the sauce to thicken. Add the cheese and all the seasonings, then mixing until the cheese melts completely. Add the sauce to the pasta and serve.
  • Author: Carole Jones


  • Serving Size: 1/7th
  • Calories: 482
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Sodium: 1034mg
  • Fat: 21g
  • Saturated Fat: 11g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 22g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 50g
  • Cholesterol: 44mg

Carole Jones

Carole Jones is an Arizona-based cookbook author & food blogger. She's authored The 30 Minute Cooking From Frozen Cookbook and the self-published Take 5: Chicken e-cookbook. For the past 15 years, Carole has shared her culinary adventures cooking and baking for her six brutally honest children here on My Kitchen Escapades. Hot, crusty bread is Carole's love language, but her two adorable grandchildren are a close second. Yes, second. Don't judge.


Liz@Virtually Homemade
10 years ago

I love homemade mac and cheese – no yucky orange stuff in this house! I totally relate to losing your eldest. My son is going to be a senior this year and I tear up just thinking about him graduating – very bittersweet.

10 years ago

It’s not fair Liz! Who gave our kids permission to grow up and move on with their lives?

10 years ago

I like to mix the pasta with the sauce in an oven proof dish, then sprinkle with bread crumbs and cheese and put under the grill. This makes a lovely crispy topping x

10 years ago

Annabel – that is a great upgrade to this recipe! Thanks.

Angie Murphy
10 years ago

This recipe looks great! I’m printing it out! Always looking for homemade Mac & Cheese recipe! Your post made me tear up!!! Can’t believe he’s off to college! Not fair!!

10 years ago

Thanks Angie!

8 years ago

Your recipe calls for 3 cups of freshly grated cheese but does not specify what kind of cheese?
Thanks Jen

8 years ago

Hey Jen! It depends on what kind of cheese you like or a combination of cheeses you like. I like a mixture of Parmesan, cheddar and Colby.

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