Homemade Macaroni & Cheese

This may just be one of my favorite dinners. Forget about that stuff in a box they call “The Cheesiest”.  This dish is made the old-fashioned way – with REAL cheese. And the sharper the cheese, the better! I like using Extra Sharp Cheddar for this recipe, but just about any kind of cheese that melts will work just fine.

This dish can easily be altered to fit your family’s own tastes. Some cooked ground beef or sausage, chopped vegetables etc. can be added to give this recipe a little variety.


  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup buttered fresh bread crumbs* (if desired)


Boil macaroni in salted water. Rinse with cold water and drain well.

Cover the bottom of a 2-quart baking dish with layer of cooked macaroni, a layer of shredded cheese, bits of butter, salt and pepper to taste.

Continue making layers until all the ingredients are used, ending with a cheese layer on top.

Whisk the milk, egg & cayenne together and pour over the top. Cover with buttered bread crumbs, if desired.

Bake in a 350° oven for 25 to 35 minutes or until browned and cooked through. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

*An easy way to make fresh bread crumbs is to process 2 slices of bread in a food processor, mix in 2 to 3 teaspoons of butter and you’re done.

posted by Mountain Republic

10 thoughts on “Homemade Macaroni & Cheese

  1. Oh my gosh, I know one husband who is going to be very glad indeed! This looks awesome! He often wants me to get the blue box stuff, but I never eat it anymore. This recipe looks like a wonderful grown up dish.

    I used to make a Parmesan bread years ago. I found (but can’t seem to anymore) a Parmesan salad dressing, and I’d take Kaiser rolls and spread them with the dressing, then sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top and broil for a few min. That was so good. 🙂


    1. We had a box last week, even added some real cheese to it & it was still lousy! Exactly when did life get so busy that we decided a powdered cheese substance would make it better?

      The Parmesan bread sounds like it would go great with this dish.


  2. I like this incarnation of my favorite dish. And I will substitute 4 tablespoons of Olivio for butter and it will still taste great because I substitute with it all the time. Did you know that Lee Iacocca makes Olivio? He does everything right!

    Thank you for this. It comes just in time. It is soooooo cold here and again your graphics are great – I could dive right into it!


  3. That looks excellent – sharp cheese is always good. Macaroni cheese is a favourite in our house – but it has to be just right to please the two small harsh critics. This could be the answer.
    Good blog by the way.


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