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National Macaroni Day | Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

I need to add an addendum to my statement in my National French Fries Day post. In there, I said that my favorite cuisines were, in order, Italian, Cuban, and French Fries. I’d like to add Macaroni and Cheese as my #4. I will take macaroni and cheese any way I can get it. Even if a mac ‘n cheese is subpar, I’ll still finish it off. Call me crazy, because I totally am.

National Macaroni Day | Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

In fact, I made a joke/not so much a joke to my husband the other night that if I were going to open a restaurant, I would open a mac ‘n cheese shack. It probably wouldn’t ever be a joint that would make me filthy rich, but I would be bringing mounds of the good mac ‘n cheese stuff to the masses. It would be National Macaroni Day every day! And I would make all kinds of mac ‘n cheese too, obviously. Burger macaroni, taco macaroni, buffalo, the list goes on..and on.. I can see it now.

Now that I’m thinking about it, I think I’ll create multiples of macaroni recipes next year when I have more time.

National Macaroni Day | Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

Today, I have a classic macaroni and cheese that’s creamy and rich and just cheesy enough that you get your fill, but can still taste all of the other components. This is an excellent go-to macaroni dish because, for God’s sake, you should just throw out the kraft mac ‘n cheese in a box products NOW! Make this, and make your life easier and less processed.

Now tell me: Which mac ‘n cheese flavors would you like to see me make? Sound off in the comments below.

Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 1-1.5 cups noodles
  • 1/4 cup margarine or butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375*F.
  2. Cook noodles as directed and drain.
  3. In another pot, stir together and cook the margarine, onion, salt and pepper over medium heat until onion is slightly tender.
  4. Blend the flour in the pot with the margarine and onion. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth and bubbly. *It's very important to continue to stir constantly. It's easy to mess this part up and think the mixture is done before it actually is. But, this step should take between 5-10 minutes and result in a more liquid substance than when you first started.*
  5. Remove from heat and stir in milk. Return to heat and heat to boiling. Once the mixture starts to boil, stir constantly for a full minute. Then, remove from heat again. Stir in cheese cubes until melted.
  6. Place cooked noodles in an ungreased casserole dish. Stir cheese sauce into noodles. Cook uncovered for 30 minutes.
  7. For an added bonus, sprinkle some shredded cheese on top!

58 Responses to “National Macaroni Day | Creamy Macaroni and Cheese”

  1. Amber Conaway — July 14, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    My whole family LOVES macaroni and cheese! The creamier the better, I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  2. Terry — July 14, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    They sure do have some crazy national days out there. I guess a Mac and Cheese day is as good as any. I haven’t eaten Mac and Cheese in many years. I miss it sometimes.

  3. Betsy Mitchell — July 14, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Love me some mac and cheese. I’ll have to give this recipe a try.

  4. Liz Mays — July 14, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    This sounds wonderful, and I wouldn’t mind celebrating the day with that at all. However, there’s always going to be a spot in my life for the blue box. I grew up on the stuff, so it’s full of memories.

  5. Kay Adeola — July 14, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    This looks really tasty,I have not had mac and cheese for the longest time.

  6. Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama — July 14, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Heck yeah! I never need an excuse to make mac n cheese, but now I have a great one.

  7. Shell — July 14, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    I love mac and cheese! I pinned this and think I’ll make it for dinner tonight!

  8. LifeasAConvert — July 14, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    I think with the ability to make mac’n’cheese is so many different ways, that there is bound to be a “flavor” for everybody. I would totally visit a mac’n’cheese shack.

  9. Robin (Masshole Mommy) — July 14, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    National Macaroni Day? This needs to be celebrated immediately! How did I almost miss that?

  10. Shop with Me Mama (Kim) — July 14, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Oh yum! That looks sooo delicious! Mine never turns out when I make it. The cheese just never melts the way I want it too! I love to add some ranch to my mac and cheese!

  11. Shop with Me Mama (Kim) — July 14, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Oh yum! That looks sooo delicious! Mine never turns out when I make it. The cheese just never melts the way I want it too! I love to add some ranch to my mac and cheese!

  12. Your photos make the lowly mac n’cheese look so creamy and yummy. All the flavors sound good, but how about some gummy bear mac n’cheese to take care of two holidays.

  13. Amanda Her — July 14, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Mmm…I love how the cheese seems to ooze off the noodles. I’ll be trying this, for sure!

  14. Mac n cheese is just one of those favorite and most loved comfort foods. We have it often. Probably TOO often! It’s my husband’s favorite thing in the world.

  15. Danielle — July 14, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    I have a similar recipe and it is our FAVORITE!!! My husband and one-year-old both are obsessed! Thanks so much for sharing!! Now I want to make it for dinner! 🙂

  16. Chrystal @ YUM eating — July 14, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    I love mac and cheese! We have a place in the mall about 2hrs away that serves nothing but different types of mac and cheese. I made a butternut squash one in the fall that was so yummy! http://yumeating.com/gorgonzola-butternut-squash-mac-cheese/

  17. Logan Cantrell — July 14, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Omg this looks heavenly!

  18. Felicia — July 14, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Did someone say Macaroni and Cheese!! This should be a food group.

    • Jennifer — July 14th, 2014 @ 9:25 pm

      You’re speaking my language.

  19. Megan — July 14, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    So mac and cheese has a special place in my heart. My Grandma made the best. Still to this day, I have never found another like hers. She sadly passed with the recipe in her brain. We have all tried to recreate it multiple times, never to succeed. This sounds like a great version!

  20. Kecia — July 14, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    That mac and cheese looks so delicious! My favorite is the homemade kind my aunt makes. I don’t know how she does it but we get it at Christmas and it is SOOOOO good!

  21. Jaime — July 14, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Macaroni and cheese is my absolute weakness. This looks SO delicious (and like the perfect comfort food.)

  22. There is nothing as comforting as a big, piping hot bowl of gooey mac and cheese!!! Now I’m hungry!

  23. Shannon Gosney — July 14, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    I love Macaroni and Cheese! That looks and sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing.

  24. Beth@FrugalFroggie — July 14, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    I love Mac & Cheese. I have been contemplating making it from scratch. Thanks for the recipe.

  25. Christie — July 14, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    Homemade mac n cheese is soooooooo much better than the box! This one looks very cheesy!

  26. Kristin — July 14, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Mac and cheese is definitely one of my fave treats!

  27. Brandi — July 14, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    My daughter’s favorite food is mac and cheese. I’ve come up with a pretty good recipe, but yours looks just as yummy!

  28. Veronica — July 14, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    This looks very delicious. My son still loves to eat mac and cheese

  29. Kris Cain — July 14, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    This looks soooo good! I make some dang good mac and cheese, but I will have to give this a try! My daughter is addicted to mac and cheese. 🙂

    Kris

  30. Krystal — July 15, 2014 at 12:09 am

    FEED MEEEE! This looks amazing. COOK FOR ME J LO

    • Jennifer — July 15th, 2014 @ 9:26 am

      BRING ME SOME MANGOES AND PERHAPS I WILL!

  31. Eileen — July 15, 2014 at 12:39 am

    You just made my day! Just before I came across your blog post, I was thinking of what to make for dinner. Now its final. Mac and Cheese it is. Thank you for sharing.

  32. AImee Smith — July 15, 2014 at 2:02 am

    How did I not know this was a thing! Mac and Cheese is my favorite, this looks amazing!

  33. Crystal H — July 15, 2014 at 5:34 am

    Ohhh you could do a Macaroni bar where people put their own toppings on and pay by weight. 🙂 I definitely want to make this. I have never made it homemade for some reason. I want a Buffalo Mac’n’cheese recipe!

    • Jennifer — July 15th, 2014 @ 9:26 am

      You got it! ….next year, lol.

  34. Debbie Denny — July 15, 2014 at 7:09 am

    Mac n cheese is a great addition to any meal. Yumm.

  35. Rosey — July 15, 2014 at 7:19 am

    That does look nice and delicious. Mac and Cheese is a perfect comfort food.

  36. Amy D — July 15, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Yum, I love mac n’ cheese! I have yet to make it from scratch for my little ones.

  37. Pam — July 15, 2014 at 10:24 am

    This is my sons and my husband’s favorite dish. I love finding and trying different recipes and I will try this one next. Looks delicious!

  38. Kathy — July 15, 2014 at 10:57 am

    I crave a good macaroni and cheese dish. This looks amazing!

  39. That mac and cheese looks amazing. I wish I could reach through the screen and grab it!

  40. Carly Anderson — July 15, 2014 at 11:08 am

    We are a huge macaroni-and-cheese loving family. My mouth is watering just looking at this!

  41. I love baked mac and cheese! We have a family recipe that includes a bit of wine and tomatoes.

  42. Jenn @TheRebelChick — July 15, 2014 at 11:47 am

    You can never go wrong with macaroni and cheese! Your recipe looks absolutely delicious!

  43. Chrysa — July 15, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Your macaroni and cheese recipe looks total delish! We will give it a try! I think most kids wish every day was macaroni day! lol

  44. Lisa — July 15, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Mac n Cheese is one of my top 5 fav dishes. How did I not know there was a national day for it?!

  45. Theresa — July 15, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    I think every day should be macaroni day! I love it! Yours looks super tasty too!

  46. Danielle @ We Have It All — July 15, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Now THIS mac and cheese looks the best!! I’ll have to make it this way and see how everyone likes it.

  47. Kiwi — July 15, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    There is a National Everything Day wow I cant keep up…National Macaroni Day sounds great! Your pic looks amazing too!

  48. Michelle Christopher — July 15, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    I loved mac n cheese when I was a kid. I can’t eat it now and it’s one of the things I miss the most. What a yummy recipe.

  49. I haven’t had mac n cheese in forever! The boxed stuff is just gross! Making it yourself has to be a HUGE improvement!

  50. Brett — July 15, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    Baked mac ‘n cheese is a family favorite. We’ll have to try this recipe out!

  51. Marina @ Mommy Snippets — July 15, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Mac-n-cheese is one of my absolute favorite dishes. My mouth is so watering right now. Great pics!

  52. cam | bibs and baubles — July 16, 2014 at 2:01 am

    That seriously looks so good! One of my favorite dishes is mac and cheese, by far!

  53. becka — July 16, 2014 at 11:55 am

    My toddler would eat that whole dish! 🙂 She is such a mac and cheese addict.

  54. Migdalia - @MsLatina — July 29, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    First, let me just say, i did NOT know there was a National Macaroni Day! Good to know, will keep that in mind for next year. It’s a good excuse for comfort food – although who needs an excuse when it comes to pasta right?

    Anyway, thanks for the Macaroni and Cheese recipe! My son thanks you too. 🙂

    • Jennifer — July 29th, 2014 @ 10:39 pm

      It’s basically, like, the best day ever, lol.

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