A baking dish full of golden macaroni cheese

Classic mac ’n’ cheese

  • serves 4
  • Easy

This warming comfort food classic only needs five ingredients, and hits the spot every time. Perfect when you're in the mood to cuddle-up with a bowl of cheesy carbs


Make this classic mac ‘n’ cheese recipe then check out our vegan mac ‘n’ cheese, cauliflower mac ‘n’ cheese,  bacon mac ‘n’ cheese and more macaroni cheese recipes



  • macaroni 400g
  • unsalted butter 30g
  • plain flour 2 tbsp
  • whole milk 300ml
  • mature cheddar 200g grated, plus 2 tbsp for the top


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Cook the macaroni in a large pan of boiling salted water following pack instructions until al dente, then drain well.

  • Step 2

    Melt the butter in a large pan over a medium heat. Tip in the flour and stir well. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until the mixture turns sandy and smells slightly nutty. Tip the milk into the pan and whisk really thoroughly to get rid of any lumps. Bubble for a few minutes to thicken, then tip in the grated cheddar. Whisk again until fully melted, then season to taste.

  • Step 3

    Stir the macaroni into the sauce, then tip into a 20cm x 30cm baking dish. Scatter over the remaining cheddar, then bake for 20 minutes until golden and crisp on top.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 685
  • Fat 32.8g
  • Saturates 19.4g
  • Carbs 65.4g
  • Sugars 5.4g
  • Fibre 3.7g
  • Protein 30.1g
  • Salt 1.2g