I love macaroni and cheese, but had never made a good one from scratch. I know there are lots of recipes online, and several of them claim to be “the best” ever. I’m sure I’d enjoy trying some of them, but maybe another time. I love the classic macaroni and cheese and wanted a “tried and true” recipe.
We were talking about food at work and somehow the subject landed on macaroni and cheese. My friend Stephanie said her Grandmother McNeil in Topeka makes great mac & cheese, and she offered to share the recipe. Well I jumped on that offer and I’m glad I did!
This is the classic macaroni and cheese. No foo-foo here. No bacon, peas, pickles, truffles or other creative ingredients. Just a basic white sauce, elbow macaroni, and lots of delicious, gooey, sharp cheddar cheese.
Bottom line: this is exactly what I was looking for!
I served this with a nice ham when all the kids and grandkids were home Thanksgiving weekend. I made a double-batch to make sure there was enough, and was very happy to find I had leftovers! Note: If you’re re-heating your leftovers, you might want to add a little milk before you heat it up so it’s still creamy.
A huge Thank You to Stephanie and Grandmother McNeil for sharing this recipe! It’s delicious and will be one of my favorites for years to come.
Grandmother McNeil’s Classic Macaroni & Cheese
Stuff you need:
2 cups uncooked macaroni (I used the classic elbow macaroni)
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 cups milk
2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
Cook macaroni according to directions.
Meanwhile, melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once melted, add flour, salt and pepper. Stir until the consistency is smooth.
Slowly pour the milk in while stirring. Continue to cook over medium heat until the mixture thickens, stirring frequently.
Once the milk mixture is thick enough (to your liking), add the shredded cheese and stir until fully melted.
Add the drained macaroni to the pan and stir until nicely coated.
Pour mac & cheese into greased casserole dish.
Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 30+ minutes until golden brown. Can take up to 45 minutes if you like it really brown on top.