American Mac and Cheese Recipe

american mac and cheese recipe

This a classic recipe for American mac and cheese:


  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional toppings: breadcrumbs, chopped fresh parsley


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish and set aside.
  2. Cook the macaroni according to the package directions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk until smooth. Cook, whisking constantly, for 1-2 minutes or until the mixture turns golden brown.
  4. Slowly whisk in the milk, whisking constantly to avoid lumps. Cook, whisking occasionally, for 5-7 minutes or until the sauce thickens and coats the back of a spoon.
  5. Add the cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese to the saucepan, and stir until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Add the cooked macaroni to the saucepan and stir until the macaroni is well coated with the cheese sauce.
  7. Pour the mac and cheese into the prepared baking dish. Top with breadcrumbs, if desired.
  8. Bake the mac and cheese for 25-30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and crispy. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes before serving.
  9. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley, if desired.

Enjoy your delicious American mac and cheese as a comforting and satisfying main dish or side!

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