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Cherri’s Baked Macaroni & Cheese

Cherri’s Baked Macaroni & Cheese

Both my sister and I have created our own stovetop homemade macaroni & cheese.  But, honestly, the baked mac & cheese my mom made is the best. Designed for a large crowd, our just our family, this mac & cheese is sure to please. Great for a pot luck.  See the notes in the recipe for options while making it.

Baked Macaroni & Cheese

Serves 12
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 2 hours
Total time 2 hours, 30 minutes
By author Dish Ditty via Cherri


  • 1 1/2lb Macaroni (Dry)
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 8oz Mild Cheddar Cheese (shredded (or cubed if you prefer))
  • 10oz Colby Cheese, Longhorn (shredded (or cubed if you prefer))
  • 8oz Sharp Cheddar Cheese (shredded (or cubed if you prefer))
  • 2 Medium Onions (or 1 large onion)
  • 2 cups Milk ((can be skimmed))
  • Salt & Pepper (to taste)


The cheeses mentioned here can be changed, all except for the sharp cheddar cheese -- that one is needed. Also, do not use fat-free cheeses as they will not melt.  Low-fat cheeses are fine.

For the recipe pictured, I used sharp cheddar, monterey jack, and Velveeta. The recipe called for Shredded Cheese, but I distinctly remember my mom just cutting it into cubes, which is also what I did in the picture above. I think it depended on how much time she had or what cheeses she had on hand. If they were pre-shredded, that's what she used.

It was generally considered an 'ice box mac & cheese' since you tended to just clean out your refrigerator and use all your old cheeses.


Step 1
Cook macaroni according to directions, drain, rinse with cold water, and set aside.
Step 2
Butter the inside of your baking pan or dish and put one layer of macaroni (about 1/3) on the bottom.
Step 3
Layer it.
Sprinkle the macaroni with 1/3 of the onions, dots of butter, 1/3 of shredded cheese and 1/3 each of the other cheese slices randomly distributed. Sprinkle with Salt & Pepper if desired.
Step 4
Add the next 2 layers in like manner, topping with the cheese layer.
Step 5
Pour the milk
Pour the milk evenly on top of the cheese.
Step 6
Cover & Bake
Cover and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 2 hours. To make the top browned (as pictured), remove the cover 15 minutes before it is done.
Step 7
Brown it
Serve hot.

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