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Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

My creamy mac and cheese is the BEST according to my friends and family.  It’s baked and so cheesy and creamy from the combination of cheeses in the easy sauce.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Creamy Macaroni and Cheese
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 617kcal
Author Jen


  • 16 oz Elbow Macaroni
  • 7 tbsp Salted Butter
  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 2 cup Milk
  • 2 cup Half and Half
  • 8 oz Sharp Cheddar Cheese shredded
  • 4 oz Gruyere Cheese shredded
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder


  • Preheat oven to 325.
  • Bring 5 cups of water to a boil over high heat.
  • Add dry pasta and 1/4 tsp salt.
  • Cook for 6-7 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, drain and rinse in cold water. Return to pot and set aside.
  • Heavily grease a large 9x13" baking dish with butter and set aside.
  • Combine cheeses and mix well. Set aside.
  • Melt remaining butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add flour, whisk to blend and continue whisking for about 2 minutes.
  • Gradually add in the milk and half and half, whisking constantly. Sauce should remain just below a simmer (if you stop whisking you see an occasional bubble).
  • Add remaining salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder and garlic powder.
  • Whisk to blend and continue whisking and cooking until sauce thickens (about 2 minutes).
  • Remove from heat.
  • Divide cheese in half.
  • Gradually add half of cheese to pan stirring constantly until melted and smooth.
  • Add cheese sauce to cooled pasta until it is well coated with the cheese.
  • Pour half of the macaroni and cheese into the prepared dish.
  • Divide remaining cheese in half.
  • Top with half of remaining cheese.
  • Add remaining macaroni and cheese to dish.
  • Top with remaining cheese.
  • Bake until bubbly and golden, about 35 minutes.


Calories: 617kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 657mg | Potassium: 333mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1038IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 495mg | Iron: 1mg