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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 Mac and Cheese Recipe. 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

Best Ever Mac and Cheese Recipe

This Best Ever Mac and Cheese Recipe is a family favorite of ours. It is simple to make, super creamy, and tastes amazing. You’ll never reach for that blue box again!
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 do) and 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!
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Best Ever Mac and Cheese Recipe
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Best Ever Mac and Cheese Recipe

This Best Ever Mac and Cheese Recipe is a family favorite of ours. It is simple to make, super creamy, and tastes amazing. You'll never reach for that blue box again!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: family, kid favorite, mac and cheese, maccaroni, pasta
Servings: 8 people
Author: Beth Gorden


  • 1 box macaroni, cooked al dente  
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 cups Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 medium jalapeno, diced
  • 1/2 cup seasoned croutons, crushed


  • 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.

About the author

Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - and

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