Cheesy Macaroni and Cheese Bake Pin It

Hello!! You had me at Cheesy!!

Kids love it and mother approved… especially when it’s homemade.

Not from a box means I can control the salt… preservatives and NO MSG!

Yep… it’s still full of BUTTER and CHEESE… but you can’t be good ALL day!

Am I right?

Yes, you know I am.

Best part is you can make this in advance and then pop it in the oven when you’re ready.

I love meals that can be prepped and that are ready and waiting for me.

That’s a win-win ALL DAY LONG!

So who’s ready for a whole lotta cheesy yummy-ness?


Cheesy Macaroni and Cheese Bake

Cheesy Macaroni and Cheese Bake


  1. 1 (8-ounce) package dried elbow macaroni or favorite pasta
  2. 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) butter
  3. 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  4. 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  5. 2 cups milk
  6. 1 cup of shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  7. 1 cup of Italian blend cheese
  8. 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  9. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  10. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  11. 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  3. Melt butter in a large heavy saucepan over low heat
  4. Add red pepper flakes; stir
  5. Add flour and continue stirring until smooth.
  6. Cook 3 to 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  7. Turn heat to medium, gradually add milk while whisking, and cook over medium heat, stirring or whisking constantly until thickened, about 10 minutes.
  8. Slowly add your cheese and continue whisking in one handful at a time until smooth and creamy.
  9. Add the last 4 ingredients, stirring until incorporated.
  10. Add pasta and stir until evenly coated with the yummy cheese sauce.
  11. Pour pasta mixture into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish.
  12. Sprinkle with more Cheddar if desired
  13. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25 - 30 minutes or until bubbly and golden.
  14. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Adapted from one of my “CLINK Times” readers Kelly McIntire

Serving tonight with Breaded Pork Chops and Green Beans but it can also be a meal on it’s own.

Easy and versatile! You can’t beat that!


Try your best to let this cool… it won’t be easy though.

Believe me!

Thanks to Kelly for my first “guest” post!

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