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Creamy Mac and Cheese

Creamy mac and cheese has a luxurious sauce made of smoked cheddar and whole milk. It's the tastiest macaroni and cheese you will ever make.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 488kcal
Author Lisa B.


  • 16 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 1/2 cups evaporated milk
  • 2 cups room temperature smoked cheddar cheese shredded
  • Paprika and chopped fresh parsley optional


  • Cook macaroni according to package directions, reducing the cooking time by about 1-2 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  • In the meantime, melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  • Sprinkle in flour and whisk to combine. Cook for 1-2 minutes to get rid of the starchy flavor in the flour.
  • Add salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.
  • Remove pan from heat. Gradually add milk, whisking constantly, until milk is incorporated and smooth.
  • Return pan to heat and bring to simmer. Stirring constantly, continue to simmer until mixture has begun to thicken.
  • Reduce heat to low. Stir in cheese. Continue to stir until cheese is melted.
  • Add in cooked macaroni. Gently stir until macaroni is coated with the cheese mixture.
  • Garnish with paprika and chopped fresh parsley, if desired.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 488kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 515mg | Potassium: 217mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 140IU | Calcium: 487mg | Iron: 0.8mg