Baked Homemade Mac and Cheese - Karyl's Kulinary Krusade
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5 from 12 votes

Baked Homemade Mac and Cheese

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baked Mac and Cheese, Cheese Sauce, Macaroni, Macaroni and Cheese
Servings: 4 people


  • 1 1/4 cups dry elbow macaroni (about 4 ounces)
  • 2 Tablespoon butter
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1 Tablespoon finely minced onion
  • 2 cloves finely minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons fresh-ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard (optional)
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
  • Corn flake crumbs (for topping)
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder (if you do not use fresh onion)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (oif you do not use fresh garlic)


  • Pre-heat oven to 375F
  • In a pot of boiling, salted water cook macaroni for about 9 minutes. It will still be quite al dente, but will finish cooking in the oven later. Drain macaroni and set aside.
  • In large pot, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add 1/2 Tablespoon of flour, whisk until combined. Repeat. There should be no lumps! 
  • Slowly add evaporated milk. I add about 2 ounces at a time, whisk for 8-10 seconds, repeat. This will ensure a thicker sauce. If you dump all the milk at once, the roux will be very thin
  • Add salt, pepper, mustard, onion and garlic. Whisk well to combine. 
  • REMINDER: for onion & garlic. You will use either fresh OR powder, not both! 
  • Add cheese to roux, and whisk until cheese is fully melted. Continue stirring slowly and constantly for another 2-3 minutes
  • CHEESE SAUCE CONSISTENCY: you want the cheese sauce to have a rich consistency. The sauce should hold to the back of a spoon and, when you swipe down the spoon with your finger, the sauce does not come back together
  • Add macaroni to cheese sauce, and mix well. 
  • Spray baking dish generously with cooking spray. Add macaroni and cheese sauce. Sprinkle with corn flake crumbs, plus a little bit of cheese. If desired, add a few bits of butter
  • Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the sauce is set. Remove from oven, and allow to cool for about 5 minutes.  Enjoy!