Creamy Homestyle Mac & Cheese

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Mac & Cheese please!  As a mom, I know you have many request for Mac & Cheese.  Kids love it!  I know my son could probably eat Mac & Cheese everyday as an afterschool snack alone.

Whenever I can, I like to make the real stuff, the good stuff, made from scratch.  My son loves it and I know he is getting a better meal.  This recipe is creamy, cheesy goodness …perfect as a side dish or ready to stand alone as a hearty main meal, serve with a salad and you have one happy kid.  🙂

Creamy Homestyle Mac&Cheese

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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By:  Arl’s World

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  • 12 cup butter or 12 cup margarine
  • 12 cup flour
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 12 teaspoon pepper, to taste
  • 14 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 (10 ounce) packages sharp cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
  • 1 (10 ounce) package extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 (16 ounce) package rigatoni pasta or elbow macaroni, cooked


  1. In a big skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat.
  2. Whisk the flour in gradually until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Cook and whisk continually for 2 minutes.
  4. Add in salt, pepper, cayenne, and garlic; stir to combine.
  5. Gradually whisk in half-and-half and milk.
  6. Cook and whisk continually for 8-10 minutes or until mixture is thick.
  7. Add in half of the sharp cheddar cheese; stir.
  8. Add in all the extra-sharp cheddar cheese; stir until smooth.
  9. Take skillet off stove burner.
  10. Mix together the cooked macaroni and cheese mixture; transfer to a greased 13×9 inch casserole dish.
  11. Sprinkle with the remaining sharp cheddar cheese.
  12. Sprinkle with bread crumbs (optional)
  13. Bake in a 350° oven for 20 minutes

Happy Eating!


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