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Old Fashioned Baked Macaroni and Cheese

August 9, 2016

This classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese dish comes together quickly and is sure to be a family favorite thanks to its cheesy flavor.

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yields: 4 Servings


8 oz. (1/2 pkg) Anthony's Elbows

1/4 cup butter or margarine

3 tbsp all-purpose flour

1/8 tsp salt (optional)

1/8 tsp dry mustard

1/8 tsp black pepper

2 cups milk

2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese


1Preheat oven to 350˚F.

2Cook pasta for 3 minutes and drain well.

3In medium saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour, mustard, salt, and pepper.

4Gradually add milk and cook until mixture is smooth and bubbly, stirring constantly.

5Cook over medium heat until mixture boils, stirring constantly.

6Turn heat to low and simmer 1 minute, stirring constantly.

7Gradually mix in cheese and stir until cheese is melted.

8Add pasta; mix lightly. Pour into 2-quart casserole.

9Top with croutons. Bake uncovered for 25 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165-175 degrees.

Cooks Tip

Stir bacon, diced ham, or other add-ins into the mixture before transferring it to the casserole dish for a twist on a classic.



37 Reviews


July 26, 2018

If I’m going to triple the recipe for a reception. How long should I bake it?


February 6, 2018

My grandmother used to make this for us. She was a great cook, but we never got her recipe for her baked Mac n cheese (I refuse to eat the stuff out of a box). We thought one of our favorite dishes was lost to us and then I tried the recipe on the box of Anthony’s elbows one day. I’ll be ‘darned’ if it didn’t taste exactly like Grandma’s recipe! Grandma had us fooled! LOL. I’ve added in my own touches over the years, Now I love it with butter toasted breadcrumbs and freshly grated parm/reg on top and I add in, just before pouring it into a baking dish, some pancetta that I’ve cooked (not quite browned, it gets to hard and chewy) on the stovetop & drained. May we all continue to enjoy a recipe worth of handing down!


January 27, 2018

I have never cooked mac & cheese so much! I only would do it literally once a year but I have been making this dish a lot lately. My boys love it! Easy to make, not a lot if time abd delicious.


November 25, 2017

I had to laugh…asked my MIL for her recipe (as my nieces were coming and love her mac and cheese). She’s too old to make it and I didn’t want the family recipe to be lost. She started to tell me, but then said…oh just look on the box of Meuller’s I use their recipe. Thanks for the family secret!


November 22, 2017

I cooked this in October and everybody really enjoyed the taste totally used the recipe and I thought it had that home cooked church dinner taste thanks!

Walter Willaford

November 13, 2017

Great Mac and Cheese!
Learned from Mom. Seems like the recipe that she got off box. Always used extra sharp cheese. I’m now 74 and found the sharper the better. I use Cabot’s Seriously Sharp Cheese (8 oz brick). It’s the sharpest!


November 9, 2017

Love this = been making it for 40+ years. I use 8 oz. of Velveeta and 8 oz sharp cheddar (cuts the sweetness of Velveeta) top with Italian style breadcrumbs and dot with butter.. Use a full 16 oz. of elbows and divide into two casseroles. Freeze one for later.

Elizabeth Ann DiGiuseppe

June 26, 2017

I grew up eating this as a child was one of the favorite things my mother made for me no I make it for my child who is 26 and it brought back memories for her of her grandmother


June 22, 2017

I always use freshly grated EXTRA sharp cheddar and add a little cayenne to the cheese mixture. This is such a wonderful classic mac and cheese recipe!

Anthony’s Pasta

June 15, 2017

Hi Susan – It’s hard to say exactly, as we haven’t tested the recipe with corkscrews. You might need to add a little more milk to the sauce, as the corkscrew pasta will probably absorb a bit more liquid than the elbows. Also, you might think there isn’t as much sauce with the corkscrews, but that’s just because it snuck INTO the corkscrews. They have a slightly larger opening on the end than our elbows, so it’s there, just hiding! Let us know how using the corkscrews goes for you.


June 10, 2017

If I use corkscrews would that change the amount of the other ingredients?


May 1, 2017

I don” the know why but I have an aversion to elbow macaroni. I made this with elbows for years and had it as a kid. My children loved it. Then I stopped making it because it turned me off. I just started making it again only this time with Ziti with lines. Love it again.


April 24, 2017

My family has been making this recipe for years! a family favorite for sure- we also add two jars of Kraft Olde English cheese spread to the cheese mixture- delicious!!


March 30, 2017

My mother made this for me quite often. My only change is to slice tomatoes thin and plac on the top with a sprinkle of cheese over that.

Cheryl M

January 30, 2017

Fabulous recipe. Make it all the time. Agree on the sharp cheddar. I have used crushed bagel chips or toasted bread cut into cubes in the past.

Susan Kubler

January 28, 2017

I’ve been making this since I was a kid! I add a little chopped onion, use a variety of cheeses and have used leftover crushed potato chips,crackers,whatever for the topping, always taste terrific! My basic recipe is a little different than above, I cut it out from the box about 40 years ago….


January 7, 2017

I use 1 block of sharp cheddar and one block of pepper jack cheese. Top with Ritz or saltines or cracked pepper crackers. Excellent bite and been using the recipe for over 20 years. Yummy on a cold winter night like tonight.


December 24, 2016

This, with a twist, is my MIL’S famous Mac and cheese. She always doubles the enire recipe (and bakes in a 9×11 dish). She cooks the noodles al dente and replaces the flour with an equal amount of corn starch. Always sharp and extra sharp cheese and a good long bake to get crispy edges. I use panko crumbs on top, she doesn’t. Both ways are out of this world!

Aiden’s Grammie

December 24, 2016

This has been my “go to” Mac n cheese recipe for years!
I use to have the recipe taped to the inside of one of my kitchen cabinet doors so I wouldn’t loose it!
(Of course this was before the time of everything being easily accessible online) lol

Cody H

December 22, 2016

My grandma made this recipe for as long as I can remember and then passed it down to me. The only difference is she would add 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce and only use Cracker Barrel extra sharp cheddar cheese. It was always awesome no complaints.

Anthony’s Pasta

December 21, 2016

Yes, that’s correct. Because you’re adding the pasta to the sauce and baking it for an additional 25 minutes, the dry pasta only needs to cook for a few minutes in the boiling water.

Cynthia Hartsock

December 16, 2016

It says to cook noodles for 3 minutes. Is that correct? The box states 9 to 11 minutes.

Danielle B.

December 4, 2016

My mom has been making this all my life. For the cheese sauce, I suggest Cracker Barrel’s Sharp and Extra Sharp bars with a few slices of Swiss. The yellow mustard (instead of dried mustard) is a must, don’t skip it. Sprinkle some of the shredded Cracker Barrel on top before baking.
**The secret’s out. Sorry mom! ?**


November 24, 2016

Salt is listed in the directions but not in the ingredients


November 24, 2016

My mom made this all the time I make it for my kids and top it with a mixture of cheddar cheese and Italian flavor bread crumbs

Marie Graham

November 22, 2016

My Mom always put crushed Ritz crackers & a little squeeze Parkay so it wouldn’t burn. Also, a half teaspoon of yellow mustard works if you don’t have dry. Sharp cheddar cHeeSe? is best.

Marie Graham

November 22, 2016

My Mom covered the top with crushed up Ritz crackers & a little squeeze Parkay so it wouldn’t burn. And a half teaspoon of French’s yellow mustard works just fine.

Jessica Justice

October 27, 2016

My grandma always added a little Tabasco sauce! Never knew it till my 20’s . Also corn flake crumbs as the topping. I even put the corn flake crumbs on kraft mac n cheese now!


October 24, 2016

You must use sharp cheddar. I love sargento cheese. I always put shredded cheese all over the top. Then top that cheese with crushed ritz crackers. 1/4 inch thick . Everybody loves it.

DeBorah Hart

October 24, 2016

Great without the mustard
And using 3 kinds of cheese.
ExSharp White & Yellow in double boiler melt down
Mild Sharp shredded mixed in & Over the top.with patsy of butter.
Mac & Cheese is my families main course

Trudy Lapp

October 18, 2016

Yah! The in famous Comfort Food! I’m going to Try. Sheep Cheese, for the Lactose Intolerant. With some Straicha Hot a Sauce-Cut up Chicken Breast, Sounds like a Delightful PotLuck Dinner!!! Thanks for letting me Post, never have done this sort of Thing, Fun!


October 13, 2016

It is a huge hit with my kids. We have at least twice a month. We use sharp cheddar cheese that we grate ourselves. That makes a huge difference in the taste. No pre-shredded cheese!

Penny waren

October 7, 2016

I bake mine in an 8x8x2 Pyrex dish. Before baking put grated medium cheddar cheese on top of the macaroni mixture. Then dot it with butter, and sprinkle paprika, salt and pepper over the top. Bake 35 to 30 minutes.. It will be hot and criispy.. Serve.with warmed canned tomatoes. .


October 2, 2016

I have been making this since 1975, and my mother way before that! To update it, I use 4 different cheeses, sundried tomatoes and basil.


September 29, 2016

The cheese is the key to mac and cheese and throughout the years I have always been looking for the right cheese to make it taste like my Mom’s and my Aunts. However the cheese that my Mom used just doesn’t taste the same as it use to. Please send info for your cheese, the name, type, where purchased, etc. I would so appreciate it.

Janet Ball Stikeleather

September 28, 2016

Will definitely have to try this. Sounds delicious! Bacon add in will be a must.? Thanks.

Diana Robles

August 30, 2016

I always cook this recipe for Thanksgiving and everybody loves it it’s the best

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