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. Everything homemade is better than boxed or canned. Thanks for sharing with us at the #WWDParty.

  2. Thanks for coming and linking up at #The Weekend Social. Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST The Midnight Baker ! I hope to see you there!
    Judy@ http://www.bakeatmidnite.com

  3. G’day! Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe at our #SayGdayParty!
    Please make sure to stop back if you haven’t already and visit some other people’s blogs!
    I am also curious if you have answered any of the questions I asked on my blog about this week’s party?
    Cheers! Joanne

  4. Very similar to my mac and cheese recipe-yum! I knew nothing when I got married! Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!


  5. We are such huge fans of “Mac n Cheese”!! I have my girls cooking it now, I will have to give them your recipe!
    Thanks for linking up to #stumbleintotheweekend

  6. Oh my goodness, I definitely have got to give this a try. I miss Kraft mac n’ cheese!

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop)!

    Wishing you a lovely day.

  7. This recipe does look really good. I am sure my family would love it. Thank you so much for linking up to this week’s Dare to Share. You are today’s Feature of the Day!

  8. YUM! I love home made mac & cheese! I don’t make it very often anymore, because my stepdaughter eats gluten free.

  9. Looks delicious. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home.

  10. Two words: Seconds, please!

  11. 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 🙂

  12. 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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