Best Ever Mac and Cheese Recipe

For a real kid favorite without all the artificial nonsense, whip up an easy batch of this Best Ever Homemade Macaroni & Cheese. You can thank me later!
Seriously, this is the BEST EVER Macaroni & Cheese! It is easy to make, no artificial ingredients or preservatives, and most importantly kid tested and approved making it a family favorite

Mac and Cheese Recipe

put drained, cooked macaroni in casserole dish

Start off by preheating your oven to 350 F. Then, cook 1 box of macaroni according to package directions. Then pour drained, cooked pasta in casserole dish.

mix together water, butter, milk, nutmeg, dry mustard, salt, egg, and cheese in a bowl

In large pot melt 2 tablespoon butter until it melts; add in diced jalapeno (if you like it a little zesty like we doand then stir in 2 tablespoon flour and cook over medium heat until it slights to ever so slightly brown.

Whisk in 3 cups milk, Stirring often as it will start to thicken somewhat. As you wait stir in 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon dry mustard, 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, and 1 egg (beaten).

Finally add the 2 cups cheddar cheese stirring until well combined. Now pour mixture over cooked pasta and stir to combine.

ground together seasoned bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese to make the topping

Now mix together 1/2 cup crushed, seasoned croutons and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle over mac and cheese.

homemade macaroni and cheese with special topping

Cook for just 10 minutes for a creamier mac and cheese or 30 minutes for a more casserole / baked consistency. 

HINT: To toast the top like we did just pull of the foil and broil the top for a couple minutes before serving.

easy homemade mac and cheese recipe

Here is the best ever Mac and Cheese pulled straight out of the oven!

extra creamy, easy to make, and good for you mac and cheese recipe

You are ready to serve up a classic, yummy dish without all the extra fat and preservatives! YUMMY!

mac and cheese recipe

Best Ever Mac and Cheese Recipe

1 box macaroni - cooked al dente                     1/8 teaspoon nutmeg 
2 Tablespoon butter                                           2 cups cheddar cheese
2 Tablespoons flour                                          1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 egg, beaten                                                     3 cup milk (we use whole organic)
1 teas salt                                                          1 jalapeno diced (optional but soooo yummy) 
1 teaspoon dry mustard                                    1/2 cups crushed, seasoned croutons

Preheat oven to 350 F. Put cooked macaroni in casserole dish. Heat water and butter until butter melts (we zap in the microwave for about 30 seconds). Add hot mixture, milk, salt, mustard, nutmeg, and egg in a bowl and pour it over the cooked macaroni. Top with cheddar and jalapenos. Stir to combine. Sprinkle crushed croutons and Parmesan cheese over the top of the macaroni and cook 35-45 minutes or until set and light golden on the top. 

Beth Gorden
Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is a homeschooling mother of six who strives to enjoy every moment with her kids through hands-on learning, crafts, new experiences, and lots of playing together. Beth is also the creator and author of 123 Homeschool 4 Me where she shares 1000+ free printables, creative homeschool lessons, crafts, and other fun ideas to help preschool and homeschooling families have fun while learning and exploring together.