Macaroni and Cheese

Growing up I wasn't a big fan of cheesy or creamy type pasta dishes and therefore was one of few kids who didn't eat macaroni and cheese.  I do remember that blue box though.  I've always wanted to make our own as it's such a winner with kids and homemade is always so much better.

After a quick scan I found a recipe on the Averie Cooks site to use as a guide.  The added garlic powder and mustard powder really make this dish even more special.

I'm sure this will be appearing quite often for easy dinners, lunches and to have in the fridge especially over weekends.

Macaroni and Cheese

500g dried macaroni
115g butter
½ cup plain flour
4 cups warm milk
Cracked black pepper to taste
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon mustard powder
3 cups freshly grated cheddar cheese
1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

Cook macaroni as per packet directions, drain and set aside.

While the macaroni is cooking melt the butter in a large pan.  I use a frying pan with high sides.

Add the flour while constantly whisking over a low heat.  Continue to cook for approximately 2 minutes.

Once it is bubbling gradually whisk in the warm milk.  Continue to whisk until all milk has been incorporated and the sauce is smooth and thickened.

Add the black pepper, garlic powder and mustard powder and continue to whisk until combined.

Remove from the heat and stir through the cheddar and parmesan cheese.  Stir until the cheese is fully incoporated and melted.

Add the macaroni and mix well.

It is so smooth, velvety and has great flavours.



  1. I love Mac cheese, although when I was a kid it came out of a box!
    I also love Broccoli/Cauliflower cheese, so do the kids, great way to fill them up with veggies. We actually had Cauliflower cheese last night with fish and salad, there is never much left over.

    1. Melted cheese anything is good I think. Now that makes me feel hungry.

  2. I used to make that a lot when my kids were growing up. There was a good recipe in the Nursing Mothers Assoc. cookbook back in the day.

    1. I can't believe it's taken me this long to make it for them. Glad I did.

  3. That sounds like an excellent recipe. I've never tried it with garlic powder, mustard, and parmesan. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I wanted to keep it as basic as possible because I think that’s how mac and cheese should be but those little touches were just right. A bit of zing.

  4. Looks good Kylie! I usually makes baked mac and cheese and my sisters recipe for a killer stove top version. Mac and cheese has always been a fav with us! Xo

    1. Thanks Marie.
      Sounds like your sister’s recipe is a goodie.


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