Macaroni and Cheese


Introduce kids to the joy of cooking with an easy recipe they already love: mac and cheese. It's bubbly ready in about 30 minutes.

Macaroni and Cheese in bowls
Photo: Carson Downing
Prep Time:
25 mins
Stand Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 8 ounce dried elbow macaroni or desired-shape pasta (2 cups)

  • 2 tablespoon butter or margarine

  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 ½ cup fat-free milk

  • 1 12 ounce package sliced reduced-fat process American cheese product, torn


  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, for cheese sauce, in a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour and pepper. Add milk all at once. Cook and stir until slightly thickened and bubbly. Add cheese, stirring until melted. Stir macaroni into cheese sauce in saucepan, stirring to coat. Cook over low heat for 2 to 3 minutes or until heated through, stirring frequently. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Makes 4 servings.

Oven Macaroni and Cheese:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare as above, except increase milk to 2 cups. Transfer mixture to a 2-quart casserole. Bake, uncovered, for 25 to 30 minutes or until bubbly and heated through. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

507 Calories
20g Fat
54g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 507
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 62mg 21%
Sodium 1245mg 54%
Total Carbohydrate 54g 20%
Protein 29g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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