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Traditional Macaroni and Cheese

This delicious, made-from-scratch traditional macaroni and cheese recipe is ready in three simple steps and 20 minutes!
 traditional macaroni and cheese Dinner time rolled around and I was rushing to come up with something to make. It was 7:30 or so and our stomachs were growling.
I had meant to go grocery shopping the day before but with so many things going on I didn’t have time to. Finally after analyzing the contents of our refrigerator, freezer, pantry and cabinets, I realized the only thing I felt like making was some sort of pasta dish.
I grabbed my recipe binder and flipped to this macaroni and cheese recipe. I was pleasantly surprised and a little relieved to see that it would only take 20 minutes to make and that I had everything it called for. Of course I always like to change things up, so some of the additions I made include the ground mustard and the ham.
We served this Traditional Macaroni and Cheese with BLT sandwiches, but I’m sure it would go great with just about anything!
 
Traditional Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Traditional Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

This delicious, made-from-scratch traditional macaroni and cheese recipe is ready in three simple steps and 20 minutes!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 526kcal
Author: LifeMadeSimpleTeam
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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups noodles - (cavatappi, fusilli, shells, elbows)
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese - grated
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/8 tsp ground mustard
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup ham - thick cup, chopped (optional)

Instructions

  • In a large pot, bring 2 quarts of water to a boil. Cook pasta until al dente (cut cooking time about 1 minute short). Turn heat off, remove from stovetop, drain water and return noodles back to the pot. Set aside.
  • To make the cheese sauce, melt butter in a small pot over medium heat. Slowly pour in milk and cream, whisk to combine. Allow mixture to come to a simmer. Stir in mustard, pepper, salt and ham. Meanwhile, grate cheese and toss with the cornstarch.
  • Reduce mixture heat to medium-low. Begin to sprinkle in cheese, whisk until smooth. Pour in pasta and toss to coat evenly.
Nutrition Facts
Traditional Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
Serving Size
 
1 serving
Amount per Serving
Calories
526
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
33
g
51
%
Saturated Fat
 
20
g
125
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
10
g
Cholesterol
 
105
mg
35
%
Sodium
 
629
mg
27
%
Potassium
 
239
mg
7
%
Carbohydrates
 
33
g
11
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
4
g
4
%
Protein
 
23
g
46
%
Vitamin A
 
1035
IU
21
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
480
mg
48
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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