Classic Mac and Cheese


Classic Mac and Cheese is the recipe my Mom made every week growing up. Comfort food at it’s finest!


I wanted to share my Mom’s Classic Macaroni & Cheese recipe I served at my Cozy Lunch at Home party! Again, you could totally use shredded cheddar in this throw-back dish but…Velveeta is just really the way to go IMO.

Classic Mac and Cheese

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Serves 4

1-1/2 cups dry, short pasta
3 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons flour
salt & pepper
2 cups skim milk
8oz Velveeta, cut into cubes


  1. Cook pasta until al dente, drain and set aside. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Melt butter in a large saucepan then sprinkle in flour and dashes of salt & pepper. Whisk for 20-30 seconds, giving the flour taste a chance to cook out.
  3. Gradually add milk in 4 or 5 batches, whisking well between each batch to avoid lumps. Cook on low, stirring frequently, until sauce is thick and bubbly. About 10 minutes.
  4. Take saucepan off the heat and stir in Velveeta until melted. Add in cooked pasta, then pour mixture into a greased, 1 1/2 quart casserole dish (it will look like there’s too much sauce, but it will bake into the pasta.) Bake for 35-40 minutes until top is golden brown and bubbly!


SUPER short ingredient list and ridiculously easy to make. Tip: make sure you don’t leave the vicinity of the kitchen while your sauce is on the stove, as the milk will burn on the bottom of the pot if you don’t stir it often enough. Other than that – easy peasy…and SO cheesy! Sorry, I couldn’t resist… ;)


Let’s get technical: PC or Mac?

I use a PC at home, but a Mac at my new job. I’m already finding myself trying to do Mac shortcuts on my PC keyboard – ahh!!

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  1. Mac and cheese made with velvetty is definitely delicious. That is how my grandma did it. Amazing comfort food!

    I have a Mac, though I often wish I had a PC again for Windows Live Writer.

  2. Your breakfast looks so pretty!!!!! Now I want a purple smoothie!!!!!!! I just got an iPad (gift from my boss!) and I LOVE IT! But, for blogging purposes, needing to type quickly, etc. PCs all the way!

  3. Jenna 10.06.2010

    I had a vanilla whey, banana, pb & flax oil smoothie today! Yum!!

    I will NEVER use a PC again. Mac’s are the way to go, hands down. I do graphic design & graphics for my work, so I use Mac’s all day long :)

  4. Stephanie 10.06.2010

    I absolutely love that smoothie recipe! Will be trying that very soon!

  5. Food looks amazing! I’ll have to give your Macaroni recipe a try!

    As for the debate, I’m all for PC. The only benefit I see from Mac is how you apparently can’t get a virus with it, which is important. But every time I’ve used a Mac I wind up getting frustrated and even angry by the end of my use. Yesterday, for instance, I was finishing up a presentation for class in the English lab of my school, and they use Mac computers. I couldn’t use CTRL+C and CTRL+P for copy and paste, and I’d get so flustered over it. Maybe I’ll get over it one day, but while there are PC’s, I’m going to be using a PC.

  6. mac! i got one in jan and there’s no turning back! i do use a PC at work, and in the computer labs on my campus there are both so i just use what’s available. macs need an adjustment time period to get used to them, but after that… no contest in my mind! my husband does have a pc though.

  7. Elyssa 10.06.2010

    Mac all the way! I’ve been using Apple computers for at least 6 years and love them. However, I did have to install Windows on my MacBook via BootCamp for school, but I avoid it as much as possible!

  8. Nikki Sue 10.06.2010

    PC is what I’m used to using, and what I prefer. I recently bought a new laptop (Sony Vaio) and can’t wait to get it in the mail! However, I go to school at Drake, and they use Macs. I was completly lost trying to use one when I first started! I couldn’t figure out how to close an internet window! Now I know it’s in the left hand corner, not the right. Also, I am so use to CTRL + C and CTRL + V, but I can’t use that on Macs!! AHHHH! :)

    BTW, I have tried many mac & cheese recipes without using Velveeta, and they never turn out as creamy and delicious when I do use Velveeta. I totally agree! Velveeta is the way to go when making mac & cheese. I use the reduced fat kind and it still turns out delish! :)

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  10. Kim 10.06.2010

    Mac at home and PC at work. Wish I had Mac’s at both!

  11. Amanda 10.06.2010

    I love those veggie bags! They’re perfectly cut and make a great crunchy snack!

  12. La Nae 10.06.2010

    Love this blog! that purple smoothie -wow its beautiful! I just have to try it cuz its my favorite color!! looks very tasty!! also veggies with AB -wow i will have to try that too and also my kids that will be a great snack!

    by the way…MAC …love mine! that would be a great Christmas present from Ben to you!

  13. ElizabethMDS 10.06.2010

    Thank you for posting the Mac and Cheese recipe! I am *so* making that this weekend!

  14. I love those Kashi granola bars! The only bad is that the “goo” gets stuck to my teeth all the time.

  15. Oh, man! I love mac and cheese. I’m afraid if I made this I would eat it all in one sitting. LOL

  16. Sarah 10.06.2010

    I love those Kashi pumpkin bars. They really remind me of autumn! At my house, we have very few trees, with the exception of a huge pine tree in the backyard. Yet, every autumn, all the leaves from the houses around us blow into our yard.

  17. Ashley 10.06.2010

    I’m in love! Mac and cheese is going to be made this weekend! Yes! :)

  18. Mmm, that mac n cheese looks delish! I have been craving it, too!

    As for computers… I LOVE my Mac, but am disappointed I am not able to use Windows Livewriter for blogging, so I may get a netbook soon!


  19. Hannah 10.06.2010

    That smoothie looks delicious! I am 100% for Macs. I see that many PC users think they can’t use the CTRL C and V commands, but it’s actually the same thing on a Mac, you just have to use the apple key. But I love them!!

  20. Man that mac and cheese looks so good!

  21. Liz 10.06.2010

    I switched to a Mac in March and there is no going back to a PC. Love my iPad too!

  22. Ms.S 10.06.2010

    Your Italian Pasta Bake is making SOOO hungry…at 9:52 AM! Can’t wait to try it.
    Mac user. Made the switch after college and haven’t looked back, though I have nothing against PCs and will happily use one if need be.

  23. Danielle 10.06.2010

    I used to love that movie :)

    I’m totally a Mac girl since our home PC died a few years ago. We have PCs at work and they just aren’t nearly as great.

    Congrats on the new job!

  24. Kim 10.06.2010

    I love mac & cheese!

    I use a PC at home and a Mac at work. We need a new computer for home and are planning on getting a Mac – I can’t stop doing quick keys on my PC after work. :) Some of the work, but not all…

  25. Rose 10.06.2010

    I switched to a Mac, and I will NEVER go back. It’s the best!

  26. Your breakfast is so pretty! I have a Mac at home and a PC at work. I love the shortcuts on my Mac and actually most of them work on a PC as well but with Ctrl instead of apple.
    My Mac was great for college and is still works great 7 years later. As I consider new computers, I often wonder if a PC is more ecnomical. I am not tough on technology, so is a Mac still worth it?

  27. I LOVE my mac. I have an old ibook at home. It’s wonderful. One of these days, I’ll update…

  28. jen 10.06.2010

    Mac is the only way to go!

  29. I was always a PC kid until college, when I got a MACbook pro. Now I hate using PCs (for the shortcut reason!!) MACS are just so pretty and I use the adobe programs!

  30. Love those kashi granola bars! The crunchy pumpkin flax ones are delicious as well ;) That mac and cheese recipe looks heavenly, I want to eat it off the screen!

  31. JennyV 10.06.2010

    Blueberries+bananas= excellent morning shakes! (Now, if you add spinach they are even better — just not as pretty!)

    I’ve definitely eaten carrots and almond butter — after reading a few suggestions on blogs to do so (like yours!) You are right — amazing!!

    PC for this gal !

  32. I love how PURPLE that is! And I’m a PC girl :)

  33. Brittney 10.06.2010

    I have a PC, but my boyfriend has a Mac and I find myself trying to do the two-finger scroll when I’m using my own laptop.
    Thanks for the recipe– I’ll be adding jalapenos and bacon for said boyfriend on Friday!

  34. lesli 10.06.2010

    I love my Mac at home. At work, I have a regular PC. Definitely love my Mac the most!

    Thanks for your mom’s macaroni & cheese recipe–I am going to make this!

  35. erica 10.06.2010

    i’m a sucker for mac & cheese!!! it was my all time favorite food growing up!

    i use a PC at work and MAC at home…i’m more comfortable w/a PC, and honestly i’ve had my mac for almost a year and still haven’t figured out how to use it aside from surfing the web….so sad.

  36. kate 10.06.2010

    Im anti-Mac but I am pro purple breakfasts! Today was the perfect day for a frozen one, too. I am loving the Iowa weather today!

  37. I’m a PC girl, but have found anything graphic design-wise is wayyyyy easier on a Mac.

    I made mac n cheese last night w/ velveeta…and threw some shredded cheese in for a bonus. I figured you really can never go wrong by adding more cheese :)

  38. Lesley 10.06.2010

    Noooooo, I am going to have that song stuck in my head now! LOL :D

    I’m a Mac girl, but I do like some programs that are only available on a PC.

  39. Oh my – I LOVE the colour of that smoothie :) So vibrant!

  40. Kristin 10.06.2010

    HATE pc’s. They break all the time, and when there’s an error (which there always is), it tells you all these weird codes. On a Mac, there are very rarely errors, and when there are, the errors fix themselves or the computer tells you everything in normal-person language.

    I have never found anything on a Mac that I can’t do that I could do on a pc.

    I’m a teacher and our school just joined the 1:1 laptop initiative, so every student grades 6-12 and every teacher K-12 has a MacBook 24/7 for the entire time they are enrolled in the district. LOVING it. So nice in the classroom. All the kids and most of the teachers have quickly sworn off PCs because Macs are so much more user friendly once you get over the fears and play around for a while. Plus, we’ve had Apple trainers down from Minneapolis to help everyone out–so awesome.

    I’ve had a Mac at home for 7 years and have never once had to replace anything, had a virus, had anything die, had a blue screen of death, etc. The battery hasn’t even died yet. Amazing. NEVER would I go back in a million years.

    I care about the subject a lot ;)

    • Kristin from MN 10.06.2010

      That’s really cool for the students! I predict college students and eventually all students will have ipads so they won’t have to lug around all those heavy books! I would have loved an ipad in lieu of books that couldn’t even all fit in my back pack!

  41. Hannah Mize 10.06.2010

    We are all things Apple. iPhones, iPad, and pretty soon Apple TV. We have a Mac and we will never go back! :)

  42. Meg 10.06.2010

    Mac! Viruses killed my other PC’s! I’ve had my Mac laptop for 6 years now and it runs as smoothly as day 1!

    Here is a list of Mac shortcuts!
    Command-C is copy and Command-V is paste!

    Thank you for doing what you do, taking your camera everywhere, and being so optimistic! :o)

  43. Kristin from MN 10.06.2010

    I have a Mac at work and a PC laptop at home. I like both!

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  46. mina 10.07.2010

    you KNOW i will be trying that smoothie. you haven’t led me astray yet. we’re taking a break from traveling so we’ve been filling up on green monsters lately. how i’ve missed them!

  47. I had amazing mac and cheese once and all I know is that it had Velveeta in it; I’ve never had anything like it since. Hopefully this will fit the bill!

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  49. Mo 11.16.2010

    I tried this last night, i was really craving some comfort food without the guilt trip so i used fat free mozarella cheese and added broccoli…it was amazing!! had some leftovers and had them for lunch today….still amazing!

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