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Aug 16 2018
1 month ago
12:32 PM MDT

Classic Mac and Cheese Just Like Mom Made

Aug 16, 2018 @ 12:32 PM MDT
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Classic Mac and Cheese just like my mom made! – Pouring into bakeware to bake

Love homemade mac and cheese?

There’s nothing more comforting than a casserole dish served with classic warm macaroni and cheese just like mom made. The good news is it’s fairly simple and straightforward to make any day of the week. It has simple ingredients and is a perfect side dish the entire family will LOVE.

Classic Mac and Cheese just like my mom made! – Baked and ready to serve

Creamy & cheesy classic

There are many ways to make this dish, and I’m sharing how my family enjoys Mac & Cheese, loosely based on the recipe in the classic cookbook Better Homes & Gardens: The New Cookbook. I love this cookbook because of all the classic and old-fashioned recipes featured.

One thing I do differently is add breadcrumbs on top prior to baking, but that’s a step you can skip if desired.

Classic Mac and Cheese just like my mom made! – Ingredients on the counter

I also prefer a mix of sharp cheddar and American cheese like Velveeta. It gives it a great mix of creamy texture with the cheesy taste I crave and love. I know sometimes people can have strong feelings about what cheese to use, so feel free to adjust to your preferred cheese as long as it equals about 3 cups (or 12 ounces) total.

Classic Mac and Cheese just like my mom made! – Adding cooked noodles to the sauce

Classic Mac and Cheese

Creamy baked macaroni in cheese, as a comforting side dish, with a crunchy breadcrumb topping.

Serves: 8

Prep Time: 25 minutes


Cook Time: 25 minutes



  • 8 oz. dried elbow macaroni (2 cups)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 and 1/4 cups milk
  • 6 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (1 and 1/2 cups)
  • 6 oz. American cheese, cut into chunks (Velveeta)
  • 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted


  • Step 1:

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  • Step 2:

    Cook noodles according to package instructions, and set aside.

  • Step 3:

    In a medium-sized saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour. Add milk all at once. Let milk warm up and thicken a bit.

  • Step 4:

    Add cheeses and stir to melt.

  • Step 5:

    Add noodles back in and stir in the cheese sauce.

  • Step 6:

    Transfer mac and cheese to 2 quart casserole dish. Sprinkle top with breadcrumbs, and drizzle with a tablespoon of melted butter.

  • Step 7:

    Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes until bubbly and crumbs are browned. Let cool and serve warm.

Additional Notes

Recipe slightly adapted from Better Homes & Gardens: New Cookbook 

Classic Mac and Cheese just like my mom made! – Serving from the bakeware onto a plate

Dish up & enjoy!

I served this mac and cheese alongside some slow cooker ribs and roasted carrots last night, and it made for a delicious, easy meal. I know sometimes people may prefer Mac and Cheese as a meal, and you can do that, too. It’d also be easy to add broccoli or other veggies. I love that this is also still yummy warmed up the next day for leftovers or in your child’s lunch warmed up and served in a thermos!

Classic Mac and Cheese just like my mom made! – Corningware bakeware

Remember these casserole dishes?

My mom and grandma always used them and they sure are Nostalgic. So when I heard CorningWare brought back these classic blue and white cornflower dishes, of course, I had to have them for my kitchen. I’m so excited to dish up meals for my family in them! ❤

This Classic Mac and Cheese recipe was shared as part of our Childhood Recipe Series! Last week we discussed yummy Tuna Noodle Casserole as a delicious old-fashioned and affordable recipe idea.

Share your favorite comforting meal growing up with us!

Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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