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Better Than the Box Macaroni & Cheese

Jill Castle

Family Cooking

Welcome to Kate’s Kitchen with Teens.

Ditch the boxed mac & cheese, and see how tasty homemade macaroni & cheese is!

Servings: 4-6

What you need:

1 pound elbow macaroni

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons flour

2 cups of low fat milk

2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

4-6 slices deli American cheese

Kosher salt


Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and set aside in a large mixing bowl. Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add flour and whisking, cook until browned, about 1 minute. Slowly whisk in the milk, making sure to continuously stir. Keep stirring until “roux” (a white sauce base that can be flavored, usually with cheese) thickens, about 10-15 minutes. Turn heat to low. Add the cheeses, stirring until completely melted. Salt and pepper to taste. Pour cheese sauce over the macaroni and mix well. Serve like this or transfer to a baking dish and bake at 350F for about 20 minutes or until browned on top.

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Jill Castle

Jill Castle is a registered dietitian/nutritionist with expertise in pediatric nutrition. She is the co-author of Fearless Feeding: How to Raise Healthy Eaters from High Chair to High School, and creator of Just the Right Byte, a childhood nutrition blog. Follow Jill on Twitter @pediRD and Facebook.