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Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Hey everyone, my name is Sarah and this possibly could be the biggest day of my life. I get the privilege to have one of my family recipes, Homemade Macaroni and Cheese, posted on Sweet Basil!! Someday I hope to aspire to the level of Carrian’s greatness. But I know it’s just one recipe at a time. (Oh, aren’t you so funny, Sarah!)  So here’s the first: Homemade Macoroni and Cheese…yes, please! This is a recipe that’s been floating around our family for a little bit and with some tweaking has become one of our favorites–all of the comforts of the classic Kraft, but healthier and more flavor. Enjoy!

How Do You Know When Macaroni Is Done?

The only way to know when pasta is done, is to taste it.

Pasta, including macaroni should be cooked al dente, or firm to the bite.

When pasta is overcooked, it becomes gummy, so the old saying “if it sticks to the wall, it’s done” is really untrue.

If it sticks to the wall, it is overdone.

How Long Will Macaroni and Cheese Keep?

It is safe to keep your baked macaroni and cheese for up to 3 days.

It should be cooled, covered tightly and kept in the refrigerator.

Can Baked Macaroni and Cheese Be Frozen?

Baked macaroni and cheese can be frozen.

Cover the macaroni and cheese with plastic wrap and foil and freeze for up to 2 months.

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4


For the Macaroni and Cheese

  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Dash of cayenne
  • 1 qt tomatoes
  • 2 cups cheese grated
  • 2 cups macaroni cooked

The toppings

  • 6 slices bacon cooked and cut into small pieces
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan


  • Melt 3 tablespoons butter in pan, blend in flour and seasonings.
  • Add tomatoes and cook until mixture thickens.
  • Add cheese and stir until completely melted.
  • Remove from heat and add Worchestershire and macaroni.
  • Put in a 2 qt. (8x8) casserole dish.
  • Sprinkle with bacon, bread crumb mixture (combine 2 Tablespoons butter and the bread crumbs, melt together in a separate pan. Then add the Parmesan cheese.
  • Cook until the butter is melted. Remove from heat.), add cheese on top.
  • Bake 375 degrees 25-30 minutes.
  • Deliciousness.


The picture shows wheat noodles, which make the dish quite tasty. You can change up a lot of things from the noodles to the cheeses. I hope you all enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Macaroni and Cheese
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 857 Calories from Fat 450
% Daily Value*
Fat 50g77%
Saturated Fat 27g169%
Cholesterol 123mg41%
Sodium 1554mg68%
Potassium 850mg24%
Carbohydrates 69g23%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 3023IU60%
Vitamin C 32mg39%
Calcium 556mg56%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

And this family especially loves to eat.

They love everything from the keep you fit and healthy to the get out your sweat pants indulgent and everything in between.

But most of all, they love the memories made, shared and treasured and it’s all thanks to a meal shared together with loved ones.

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