Prep Time
10 Mins
Cook Time
7 Mins
Makes 2 to 3 main-dish or 4 to 6 side-dish servings

Shredding a block of cheese adds a little more prep time, but the smooth and creamy results are worth it.

How to Make It

Step 1

Prepare pasta according to package directions. Keep warm.

Step 2

Melt butter in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-low heat; whisk in flour until smooth. Cook, whisking constantly, 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in milk, and cook, whisking constantly, 5 minutes or until thickened. Stir in salt, black and red pepper, and shredded cheese until melted. Add cooked pasta, and serve immediately.

Step 3

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Kraft Sharp Cheddar Cheese. To lighten, 2% reduced-fat milk and reduced-fat cheese may be substituted.

Ratings & Reviews

Meegs1229's Review

January 16, 2011
I usually make a baked macaroni and cheese, but was looking for a quick basic recipe to make for my picky 11-month-old son. This was great! Mr. Picky loved it and so did I. I did add 1/2 tsp of dry mustard to the cheese sauce. I'm sure I'll be making this often!