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Madeline's favorite macaroni and cheese. School is back in session and we are ready to go with this creamy, delicious macaroni and cheese!!
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5 from 1 vote

Madeline's Favorite Macaroni and Cheese

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main
Servings: 4 to 6
Author: Hip Foodie Mom


  • 1 pound elbow pasta
  • teaspoons of kosher salt split
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter with Canola Oil
  • cups whole or 2% milk split
  • 2 to 3 cups freshly grated Land O Lakes® Sharp Cheddar American
  • teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika + more if desired
  • salt and pepper


  • Bring a pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and 2 teaspoons of salt. Cook until the pasta is al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  • Prepare the roux: Whisk together the flour and Land O Lakes® Butter with Canola Oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. It will form a paste. Slowly pour in and whisk the milk to incorporate and keep whisking until smooth and becomes thick, for about 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Turn the heat to low and begin adding in and mixing the handfuls of the grated Land O Lakes® Sharp Cheddar American into the roux. Stir in the remaining ½ teaspoon of salt, dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce and the smoked paprika. Stir until all the Land O Lakes® Sharp Cheddar American has melted and the sauce is creamy. Taste and adjust the seasonings as desired.
  • Add the cooked pasta and stir together until all of the pasta is nicely coated. Let cook in the saucepan for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Stir together one last time, season with salt and pepper if desired and then serve and enjoy!