SIMPLE Baked Macaroni and Cheese

SIMPLE Baked Mac and Cheese - creamy dreamy and simple is how we do it! #macandcheeserecipe #bakedmacandcheese #simplepartyfood

When it comes to macaroni and cheese, let’s face facts, it’s all about the cheese.  So it should come as no surprise why this recipe uses none other than Velvetta.  The creamy, smooth and rich texture that Velvetta provides simply cannot be beat when it comes to creating the best macaroni and cheese recipe around.

This recipe also does not call for a roux, which is the combination of butter, flour and milk primarily used to thicken sauces.  Many recipes that use flour leave a floury aftertaste that can be unappealing.

Simply melt the milk and butter and add the cheese.  Pour it over the cooked macaroni and add a buttery topping of breadcrumbs and bake until it is heated through.

Now that’s what we call simple!

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simple macaroni and cheese

Simple Baked Macaroni and Cheese

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  • 5 cups elbow macaroni
  • 8 oz. Velvetta cheese
  • 4 oz. sharp shredded cheddar cheese (white or yellow)
  • 1 stick salted butter, divided in half
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs


  1. Cook the elbows in salted water until al dente. Drain and pour them in a large baking pan.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the milk in a large saucepan along with the butter over low heat. Once the butter is melted add the cheeses, stirring so it does not stick to the pot.
  3. Pour the melted cheese over the elbows and stir.
  4. Melt the other ½ stick of butter and add to ½ cup breadcrumbs, stir to combine.
  5. Spread over the macaroni and cheese and bake in a preheated 350° F oven for 45 minutes.


  • Serving Size: 1

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    September 19, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    I’ve seen this recipe all of a pinterest until I finally decided to try it. Man was ever good

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    October 17, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    Best mac and cheese recipe out there. It didnt dry out and it didnt get that gritty thing that happen when you melt the cheese. It’s a keeper

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    Kelly Peterson
    February 7, 2021 at 9:08 am

    I was wondering if I could freeze this?

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      February 15, 2021 at 2:38 pm

      you certainly can. Let the mac and cheese cool completely, then double wrap in saran and freeze. Individual portions would be great here.

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    February 23, 2021 at 4:40 pm

    How many people does this serve? will is fill a half tray?

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    Debbie Wier
    March 19, 2021 at 3:35 pm

    Followed the directions to a T
    Set on counter fit maybe 50-60 minutes after coming out of the oven .
    When I served it, sadly it was all dried out. It tasted good but there was not any creamy texture or moisture at all. Can you explain what may have happened?
    Also, any advice on heating it up?
    Thanks 😕

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      March 21, 2021 at 9:38 am

      Don’t let it sit out for an hour for starters. If you need to do that again, we would suggest using less macaroni or more liquid as the noodles will continue to cook as they sit. OR underbake it that way by 5 minutes or so. Hope that helps!

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    November 18, 2021 at 9:54 am

    Can you prepare this ahead of time & then bake later?

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      November 29, 2021 at 1:11 pm


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        A. Granvold
        December 23, 2022 at 6:20 pm

        How would you recommend preparing in advance? Cooking all parts then separate in fridge or put all together and put in fridge?

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    November 24, 2021 at 11:00 am

    I know this is. A crazy question…but when you say 5 cups of macaroni, do you mean 5 cups dry?
    Thank you!

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      November 29, 2021 at 1:10 pm

      yes and that is EVEN dry cups, in other words don’t use too much pasta or have a MOUNDING cup.

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    January 17, 2023 at 8:47 am

    Was pretty good but I think it’s too much milk to cheese ratio, it was a little soupy and I only used 6 cups instead of the 10 that the recipe said to use for 2X. Next time I make it I’m only going to use four cups of milk and see how it turns out.

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    March 8, 2023 at 11:36 am

    cooked it the other day, came out great. thanks, great recipe.

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    March 27, 2023 at 12:58 pm

    How many people does this recipe serve?

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