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Creamy Macaroni & Cheese

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword creamy mac and cheese, creamy macaroni and cheese, macaroni, macaroni and cheese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 554 kcal


  • 8 oz macaroni 1/2 box
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1.5 tsp kosher salt
  • 2.5 cups whole milk
  • 1.5 half-n-half
  • 1.5 tsp kosher salt
  • 1- 8 oz Sharp Cheddar grated
  • 1 -8 oz Monterey Jack grated
  • 1 -8 oz Gruyere grated


  1. Boil macaroni in salted water for 5 minutes. Drain.
  2. Warm half-n-half and milk in a pot. Melt butter in a separate pan, then add the flour. Stir until combined. Slowly add the warmed milk mixture and whisk until smooth and thickened.
  3. Add half of the cheddar, Monterey jack, and gruyere to the sauce and stir until melted. Start by adding 1 tsp of salt, then taste for seasoning. If you need more, use the remaining 1/2 tsp. of salt. Pour cheese over macaroni and stir until incorporated.
  4. Layer buttered casserole dish (13 x9) or cast iron pan with the macaroni and cheese and alternated layer of cheese and macaroni. Top with remaining cheese.
  5. Bake in 375-degree oven for 20-30 minutes until bubbly and golden brown on top.