Homemade Mac and Cheese

There are some recipes that taste like home and this easy homemade mac and cheese is one of them. It’s a simple homemade recipe with only a few ingredients and comes to you from my grandmother’s kitchen by way of my mom. Many families cherish their own versions of this Southern classic. I’m so glad to share ours.

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Homemade Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese from scratch doesn’t have to be time consuming or complicated. In fact, this homemade mac and cheese is as straightforward a recipe as you’ll see on Sweet New Roots, and a family favorite at that. I will warn you: it doesn’t have a super cheesy flavor like you’ll get from stovetop versions, so if that’s what you’re looking for this recipe may not be for you.

  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 mins
  • Yield: 12 1x


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  • 16 ounces elbow macaroni, cooked al dente and drained
  • 16 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, divided (12 ounces cubed, 4 ounces shredded)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cubed
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • Salt and fresh cracked black pepper, to taste



  • Cheese varieties that work equally as well as sharp cheddar include Colby and medium cheddar.
  • Whole milk adds creaminess to this mac and cheese recipe, but low-fat or skim milk work just fine.
  • Author: Cortney Sparkman
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Keywords homemade mac and cheese, baked mac and cheese recipe, easy mac and cheese

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