This is our old-fashioned version of the family Mac n Cheese recipe. Old School. Old Fashioned. Call it either but we call it yummy!
This is how we always had our macaroni and cheese growing up and continues now. It wasn’t until much later in life when I was exlporing cooking books and cooking shows that I actually realized that many people make macaroni and cheese with a cheese sauce.
However that is precisely what I like about this homemade mac and cheese recipe is that the doesn’t use a cheese sauce. This recipe is easy, quick and flexible.
Ingredients For Grandma’s Mac n Cheese Recipe
You know how family recipes are with the measurements. A little sketchy depending upon who you learn the recipe from. It always seems to center around “Oh just eyeball it. You will know.”
But it is true. Make the recipe a few times and you will know! And this recipe is so flexible it will work the first time too!
Prep time: 20 minutes ~ Serves four
Cooking time: 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees
Elbow macaroni (adjust to your desired serving size). For a 2 quart dish use 8 ounces.
8 ounces block cheese of your choice. I use sharp cheddar.
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
One cup milk of your choice.
Breadcrumbs optional. Plain or seasoned, your choice.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Directions For Grandma’s Mac n Cheese Recipe
- Boil the macaroni to your desired firmness.
- While boiling macaroni cut the block cheese into 1/2 inch cubes.
- Cut the butter into dab size pieces.
- Drain macaroni.
- Begin layering dish.
Kitchen Tip: Layering is the key to this dish for even cheese throughout.
Order Of Layers
Layer of macaroni.
Layer the cheese squares and butter dots on top of the macaroni. Approximately 3/4 of the macaroni should be covered.
Repeat two more times.
Pour milk into baking dish but not the entire cup at once.
The milk should cover 3/4 of the mixture. Add the milk and look at the baking dish from the side to decide when to stop.
Breadcrumbs are optional. If desired sprinkle breadcrumbs on top or make a mixture of breadcrumbs and butter and spread on top. Kellogg’s Corn Flake Crumbs also work wonderfully.
Bake at 350° for 30 to 35 minutes.
Is a safe bet the Mac n Cheese recipe will need to bake at least 30 minutes. Usually 35 -40 minutes if the temperature of your stove is accurate.
At 30 minutes check.
You will know the dish is cooked fully when the milk is congealed. If you put a spoon into the mixture and see that the milk is still liquid, the dish is not fully cooked. You can also look into the side of the baking dish to eyeball if the milk is still liquid.
What I like about this dish are the simple easy ingredients which are usually on hand. You can choose the cheese and milk of your choice. Season the breadcrumbs or leave out the breadcrumbs.
Tonight when I decided to add the remnants of a bag of cheddar cheese shreds I had to the block cheese.
This is a foolproof baked macaroni and cheese recipe as it always tastes good whichever combo of cheese and milk you use. It is also a perfect recipe for beginner cooks of any age to have in their repertoire.