Easy Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

| September 22, 2008 | 9 Comments

Real Mac N Cheese
As my friends can attest, there was a time in my life where I could down a whole box of macaroni and cheese. In the days before organic, eating local and slow food became buzz words, I was all about the quick, easy and accessible. That was also before I (and most people) ever laid eyes on the world wide web. Back then, my metabolism could, um, handle that.

Things change. I still have a soft spot for Kraft’s obscenely orange powdered cheese, but I rarely indulge in it. More often than that I opt for tortellini tossed with some lemon olive oil, Romano and sea salt. As children do, Will loves macaroni and cheese — so does Paige, and Shawn for that matter. And I have learned that homemade food can be equally as accessible as convenience food.

That’s what this recipe is. It’s quick, easy and accessible macaroni and cheese, and it’s all made fresh. Honestly, this won’t take you any longer than the box if you start cooking the sauce at the same time as the pasta. Sure, it might not be the healthiest side dish, but this is comfort food and sometimes we all need a little comfort.

Quick Homemade Macaroni and Cheese
serves 6 as a side

1 slice bacon, uncooked and roughly chopped
1 tbsp butter
1 1/2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 cup sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
salt and pepper
1/2 lb pasta, cooked

Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add bacon. Cook, stirring occasionally, until just about browned. Add butter to the pan and melt. Once the butter is melted, whisk in the flour. Cook for about 2 minutes, until a smooth paste is formed. Whisk in the milk and cook for an additional 5 minutes or so, until thickened. Stir in the cheese until melted and salt and pepper to taste. Pour the sauce over the pasta and mix well.

Serve immediately.

Leftovers make great lunches.

Category: cheese, Feeding Kids, pasta

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Sarah Walker Caron is a writer, editor and recipe developer who loves to create delicious recipes the whole family can enjoy together. Her work has appeared in countless publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Maine with her two food-loving kids.

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  1. maris says:

    This looks amazing and a perfect fall meal! Mac & Cheese is one of those meals that will always remind me of childhood

  2. Carmen says:

    Yum, this does look good – it’s such a coincidence you posted this as I’m planning on posting about some mac & cheese I made over the weekend sometime this week. :)

  3. Tonia says:

    That looks great Sarah. A definite comfort food.

  4. josephine says:

    i made this the other night as a side. im not sure why but it didnt have any flavor, any suggestions for other add-ins?

  5. Sarah Caron says:

    Hey Josephine,

    So sorry! I inadvertently had the wrong measurement for cheese — it should be 1 cup, not 1/2 cup. My apologies!!!


  6. Vickan says:

    Josephine, I use some black pepper for flavor, and the extra sharp Vermont cheddar cheese.

  7. josephine says:

    no prob sarah! i will try it out again. thank you for the suggestions vickan!

  8. Foodycat says:

    A good macaroni cheese is a joy forever!

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