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a bowl of homemade white mac and cheese with a sprinkle of black pepper

Easy Homemade White Mac and Cheese

Melinda | Missouri Girl
This easy homemade white mac and cheese is better than any store bought or restaurant mac and cheese and can be made ahead of time and kept in a crock pot for large gatherings.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 10


  • 1 stick salted butter
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 16 oz shredded white American cheese
  • 1 lb medium dried pasta shells


  • First make the pasta per manufacturers instructions for ‘al dente” in a large pot.
  • While the pasta cooks, add the butter to a large heavy saucepan.
  • Melt the butter over medium heat.
  • Add the flour and stir well.
  • Cook over medium low heat for 2-3 minutes stirring constantly, until bubbly and thickened.
  • Slowly add the milk, stirring constantly to prevent lumps.
  • Increase heat to medium and simmer for about 5-10 minutes until the sauce is thick and creamy.
  • Add the salt and shredded cheese.
  • Stir until the sauce is smooth and the cheese is completely melted.
  • Remove from the heat.
  • Drain the pasta and add back into the large pot.
  • Add to the cheese sauce to the pasta.
  • Gently fold in and allow to sit for about 3 minutes.
  • Serve immediately or keep warm in a slow cooker. 
Keyword American cheese, kids pasta, mac and cheese