Golden Macaroni and Cheese

Golden Macaroni and Cheese – quick homemade macaroni and cheese topped with Ritz crackers and baked. SO good – I could make a meal out of this! YUM!! Can easily half or double the recipe for a crowd! Macaroni tossed in a homemade cheese sauce – butter, flour, milk, dry mustard, onion, Worcestershire sauce and cheddar cheese. Ready in under 30 minutes!

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Easy Homemade Mac & Cheese Recipe

I love homemade Mac & Cheese. It has been way too long since I made some, so I decided to remedy that last weekend. This Golden Macaroni and Cheese recipe is very easy to make. It only takes about 10 minutes and it is ready for the oven. It is super creamy and cheesy! I could make a meal out of just this yummy pasta! Toss in some cooked ham, chicken, or pork for an easy main dish.

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How to Make Golden Macaroni and Cheese

This recipe is very easy to make. Start with cooking the pasta. While the pasta is cooking, melt butter in a medium saucepan. Whisk in flour, cook for one minute. Slowly whisk in milk. Cook until thickened. Stir in salt, pepper, dry mustard, onion powder, Worcestershire sauce, and cheese. Stir until cheese melts. Remove from heat. Stir in the cooked pasta. Pour the pasta into a baking dish and top with crushed Ritz crackers. Bake until bubbly.

  • This recipe is easy to half or double for a crowd.
  • I topped the Golden Macaroni and Cheese with some crushed Ritz crackers. You can use breadcrumbs if you don’t have any crackers, or just bake it without a topping. Either way, it will still be delicious!!
  • You can use any cheese that you prefer. I used cheddar. Gouda, pepper jack, colby would all be delicious.
  • Can Mac & Cheese be made in advance? Yes. You can assemble the casserole and refrigerate until ready to bake. You will need to increase the cooking time.
  • Can Mac & Cheese be frozen? Yes. Assemble the casserole and let it cool completely. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and aluminum foil. When ready to bake, thaw completely and bake until warm and bubbly.

What to Serve with Mac & Cheese

We absolutely loved this Macaroni and Cheese! It goes great with everything! We like to serve it with grilled chicken, pork chops, and chicken tenders. Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with this casserole:

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Golden Macaroni and Cheese

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Golden Macaroni and Cheese – quick homemade macaroni and cheese topped with Ritz crackers and baked. SO good – I could make a meal out of this! YUM!! Can easily half or double the recipe for a crowd! Macaroni tossed in a homemade cheese sauce – butter, flour, milk, dry mustard, onion, Worcestershire sauce and cheddar cheese. Ready in under 30 minutes!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups dry elbow macaroni pasta
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp dry mustard
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • crushed Ritz crackers

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 400ºF. Lightly spray an 8×8-inch pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions Drain and set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, melt butter. Whisk in flour, cook 1 minute. Slowly whisk in milk. Cook until thickened. Stir in salt, pepper, dry mustard, onion powder, Worcestershire and cheese. Stir until cheese melts. Remove from heat.
  • Stir in cooked pasta. Pour into prepared pan. Top with crushed Ritz crackers.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, until bubbly.

Notes:

  • This recipe is easy to half or double for a crowd.
  • I topped the Golden Macaroni and Cheese with some crushed Ritz crackers. You can use breadcrumbs if you don’t have any crackers, or just bake it without a topping. Either way, it will still be delicious!!
  • You can use any cheese that you prefer. I used cheddar. Gouda, pepper jack, colby would all be delicious.
  • Can Mac & Cheese be made in advance? Yes. You can assemble the casserole and refrigerate until ready to bake. You will need to increase the cooking time.
  • Can Mac & Cheese be frozen? Yes. Assemble the casserole and let it cool completely. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and aluminum foil. When ready to bake, thaw completely and bake until warm and bubbly.

Steph

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  1. Made this tonight and it was very good! A little dry though. I would make it again, but I’m not sure how to make it a little more creamy?

  2. I've made this several times and it's actually in the oven right now.. It's a hit with the family! Always requested at family gatherings! Thanks for sharing!

  3. This sounds really good. I've been looking for an alternate to the boxed one. I pinned it to my recipes I want to try. Thanks for sharing it.

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