This easy mac and cheese recipe is for a very simple but delicious carby, cheesy comfort dish! You shouldn't be without it at any time, but winter is best.

Easy Mac and Cheese

  • Author: Stacey Roberts | Veggie Mama
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Not the miserable mac and cheese that can strike when you first start making it from scratch – it’s rich, creamy, and every bit as good as the boxed stuff of dreams.



  • 3 cups macaroni or other small pasta
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup plain flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 cups grated sharp cheddar or tasty cheese (The stronger the better – or mix one cup sharp/tasty cheese with one cup grated parmesan)
  • 1 Large bay leaf
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar or tasty cheese (to top the dish)


Step 1
Pre-heat your oven to 200C.
Step 2
Cook pasta according to packet directions, but take it off the heat and drain about 3-4 minutes before the end of specified time. It will keep cooking in the oven.
Step 3
In a large pot, melt the butter and flour over medium heat. Cook this off for about a minute.
Step 4
Add the milk and bay leaf and stir regularly until the sauce bubbles and thickens.
Step 5
Add the two cups grated sharp cheddar and stir until melted. Check for seasoning – you DO NOT want to be a wimp here. Remember it’s going to fill a large pot and it will be amongst some pretty plain pasta. If you’re experimenting with paprika and turmeric, now’s the time!
Step 6
pour all the pasta into a large baking dish and pour sauce over. Mix, cover with breadcrumbs and the extra cup of cheese. If you’re anything like me, you’ll mix it around a bit and then… dot with butter. #sorrynotsorry
Step 7
Bake for about 20 minutes until golden and bubbling, and cheese is bronwned on top

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