Homemade Macaroni and Cheese {Skip The Box!}

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese {Skip The Box} | Ten at the Table

I was raised on Tyson chicken nuggets, Ramen noodles, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, Chef Boyardee Ravioli and  Kraft mac and cheese. When we switched to homemade, it was pretty abrupt and I am pretty sure I had processed food withdraw. Not really, but I really missed the convenience and yumminess!

I have tried many, many recipes to try to replace the boxed stuff.  And let me just tell you, they were all good. Well, most of them were but they just weren’t quite like the kind I was raised on. So I figured I’d play around with the ingredients, add a little bit of this, less of that, and I finally found the PERFECT recipe.

This recipe for homemade macaroni and cheese takes the same amount of time as the boxed counterparts, but it’s way better for you! I mean come on. 15 minutes until stupid awesome goodness in your bowl???? Sign me up!

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese {Skip The Box} | Ten at the Table

Homemade Macaroni and cheese {Skip The Box!}


  • 1 lb. macaroni (or other short pasta)
  • 3 Tbs. butter
  • 3 Tbs. flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (you could use a blend)
  • 1/2 Tbs hot sauce
  • salt and pepper
  • 1-2 hamburger patties cooked, crumbled, and drained


  • Cook pasta according to package instructions. While the pasta is cooking start the sauce.
  • Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour, and cook for 2 minutes before slowly adding the milk.
  • Season with salt and pepper, stir in cheese, hamburger and hot sauce. Cook, stirring, until cheese is melted, 1-2 minutes. Mix with pasta and serve.

13 Thoughts on “Homemade Macaroni and Cheese {Skip The Box!}

  1. I just commented on your homemade wheat bread and invited you to Pin Your Friday Favorite–you are one step ahead of me. Thanks so much for linking up!! I LOVE homemade mac and cheese, and I love tips on cooking and saving money 🙂

  2. I am going to try this! Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream’s City of Links last Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week 🙂

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