Marie’s Macaroni and Cheese

This is my sister-in-law’s recipe. I know there are a lot of mac & cheese recipes floating around, but I like this one because it is relatively quick, it’s easy and very tasty.

Recipe: Marie’s Macaroni and Cheese


  • 1 lb box of medium shell pasta
  • 1 lb freshly sliced yellow American cheese from the deli counter (Using the packaged or Velveeta cheese won’t work at all)
  • 4 cups whole milk (Don’t go lower than 2% for this)


  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, Whisk the cheese a little at a time into the milk over medium-low heat until all the cheese is melted and thoroughly combined with the milk.
  3. Dump the cooked pasta into a 9×13 dish that was prepared with cooking spray (to help prevent sticking).
  4. Pour the melted cheese mixture over the pasta and mix to coat the pasta.
  5. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until golden.
  6. Let sit for a few minutes before serving.

Quick Notes:

  • We like the top of our macaroni and cheese extra crunchy; so, after the 30 minutes are up, I will put it under the broiler for a couple minutes (watching carefully!) until its a deep golden color and a few of the macaroni are “burnt” looking. 🙂
  • You can put the pasta and cheese mixture together earlier in the day, cover and refrigerate or let sit until you are ready to bake it off.
  • For a meaty variation, add a pound of cubed ham or cooked sausage before baking.

(Linked to Recipe Roundtable.)

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Fruit Tarts



  1. Yum Yum. Now that I’m gluten free I’d have to find some gluten free pasta to make this. My husband loves macaroni and cheese.
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    • SimpleCatholic says

      Gee, they make everything now-a-days. I didn’t know you could get gluten free pasta. How does it taste?

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