Cheesy Macaroni and Cheese

Level: Easy
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 45 min
Cooling Time:
Yields: 6 to 8 side-dish servings


Macaroni and cheese like it's supposed to be, tasty with homemade goodness. Children and adults alike will love this classic.


  • 2 cups dry small elbow macaroni or shells
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, cut into pieces
  • 1 can (12 fluid ounces) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) American cheese, cut into pieces


PREHEAT oven to 350° F.

PREPARE pasta according to package directions. Return to saucepan. Add butter; stir until melted.

WHISK together evaporated milk, eggs, mustard and pepper in medium bowl. Add to pasta mixture; stir. Add cheddar cheese and American cheese; stir. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until cheese begins to melt. Pour into 1 1/2-quart casserole dish.

BAKE for 10 minutes; stir. Bake for an additional 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly and top is lightly golden. Season with salt.

as above; do not bake. Cover; freeze up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in refrigerator.

PREHEAT oven to 350° F.

BAKE, uncovered, stirring halfway through, for 45 to 50 minutes or until bubbly and top is lightly golden. Season with salt.


by C. Carmen , Trumansburg, NY on Dec. 2010

This is my go-to recipe for pot luck gatherings and it always has people asking for the recipe. My only alteration is to the cheeses: 2 cups mild cheddar and 1 cup sharp cheddar. If I feel like it, I'll add some buttered breadcrumbs on top.

Oh, So Creamy!

by b. barry , , on Jul. 2010

Being a lover of Mac & Cheese, I could not resist trying this one! So creamy and quick! The mustard gives it a twist! I added bread crumbs on top to finish it off! It was terrific! Thanks!


by L. Lauren , Pittsburgh on Feb. 2010

I added more cheddar than it called for and used Pepper Jack instead of American, only because I wanted a little kick to it. I always add more cheese in every recipe I make than the recipe calls for, so it is no reflection of this recipe. It was very good. Even the picky children ate it!

Not even the kids liked it

by J. Jennifer , Anderson, SC on Sep. 2009

This sounded like a good recipe and was very well reviewed. My only variation from the recipe was use of high protein, multi-grain pasta in place of traditional. The dish wasn't creamy or gooey, rather dry and grainy.


by J. Jan , Blytheville, AR on Apr. 2009

Macaroni & cheese! The ultimate comfort food and the "cheesier the better!" I have shared this recipe with many people.

Mac and cheese not as creamy as expected.

by C. Cynthia , Alexandria, VA on Jan. 2009

It had a good taste but I expected it to look like the picture shown with the recipe. It appeared creamer in the picture than it actually was.

Good stuff

by K. Kelley , Mobile, AL on Jan. 2009

I tried this recipe out today and it was quite yummy. I was confused as to why it said to put the mac in a 1 1/2 qt. dish, since that's way too small. I topped mine off with some monterrey and parmesan after stirring. I am a HUGE lover of mac & cheese, and it didn't let me down, although it didn't look much like the picture. I was expecting it to be more creamy. Definitely cheesy and good though.

macaroni & cheese

by L. Lois , PITTSBURGH, PA on Nov. 2008

this is soooo good it even is great as a side dish

Very Easy

by M. Maritza , Tucson, AZ on Oct. 2008

This is a great recipe and makes a great dinner for family when you don't have a lot of time.

Mac and Cheese

by L. LORI , Washington, PA on Aug. 2008

This mac and cheese was a good mac and cheese. The children just loved it. It was gone, no leftovers. Will make again.