Baked Cheddar Mac & Cheese

Christmas is just around the corner, which means many families will be getting together for breakfast, lunch, brunch or dinners. Once I started to get into cooking, one of the first things I wantedto make was mac and cheese. I made it a goal to have what I thought was the perfect easy cheddar mac and cheese recipe. And after experimenting, I believe I found it. The key? Lots of cheese!

Now I’ve made plenty of mac and cheese recipes over the year with different types of cheese, but my go-to for dinner parties or family gatherings is this cheddar mac and cheese. There really isn’t anyone out there that doesn’t like this, where as one that has prosciutto or something a little more unique might turn some people off.

Now this will taste different, depending on the type of cheddar you buy. You can obviously just buy shredded cheddar cheese, but I go for the sharp or extra sharp blocks and shred myself. It adds 5 minutes but you can taste the difference! So if you haven’t decided on what to make for the coming holiday parties, give this one a try. Enjoy!

Baked Cheddar Mac & Cheese
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins

This is my go-to mac and cheese recipe for the holidays.

Servings: 8
  • 1 lb macaroni
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 6 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 4 cups milk
  • 8 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Cook macaroni according to package and set aside.

  2. In medium saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour, dry mustard and black pepper. Cook for about 1-2 minutes until well combined. Gradually add milk and cook until the mixture is smooth and bubbly, about 10 minutes. You'll want to stir constantly.

  3. Remove sauce from heat and gradually add 6 cups sharp cheddar cheese. Stir in until cheese is melted. Add pasta and mix until everything is coated. Pour into a 9x13 greased baking dish. Top with remaining 2 cups of cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is golden brown and bubbly. Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

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