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15 Macaroni & Cheese Recipes Worth Making

July 15, 2020


Erin Schrader

If you’ve been following along for more than a minute you probably know just how obsessed with macaroni and cheese I am. The adoration for this cheesy noodle concoction started at a young age and I’ve never looked back. Whether it’s straight from the box, the most gourmet homemade version on the planet or served in a skillet at a restaurant, I’m sold. With National Macaroni and Cheese day happening yesterday [July 14th, mark it in your calendars and make sure to celebrate every year from here on out ;)] we thought it’d be fun to put together a LIY Community Mac & Cheese Cookbook.

That’s right — we’ve compiled 15 different recipes from some of you, all over the country, with different takes on how to make this delicious food. In this blog post we’ll be sharing a simple yet delicious recipe and then to receive the full cookbook, simply click here, sign up for our newsletter and you’ll have it in your inbox within minutes! Warning: you may find yourself drooling and having decision fatigue from trying to decide which recipe to try first. My plan of attack: make them all in the order they are presented to make sure I don’t skip a beat [or better yet, a noodle].

Before we get to all of that goodness though, let’s start with the recipe we made last week in preparation of our cookbook [always necessary to do a little taste testing first ;)] This recipe was submitted by LIY follower, Anna from Northbrook, IL and we love that it was her grandma Elsie’s recipe!

Grandma Elsie's Mac & Cheese


  • 1/2 lb Macaroni Noodles
  • 1/3 cup Butter
  • 1/3 cup Flour
  • 2 1/4 cup Milk Room Temperature
  • 1/4 lb Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 tsp Salt


  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Cook macaroni and drain.

  2. About 10 minutes before macaroni is done, in a separate sauce pan, add butter and melt.

  3. Blend in flour

  4. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly

  5. Cook until thick and smooth then simmer for 5 minutes.

  6. Add salt and cheese and cook until cheese melts.

  7. Combine 2/3 of the cheese to the mac in a 9 x 13 in dish and pour rest over the top!

  8. Cook for 20 minutes! Top with green onion or parsley for garnish. Enjoy!


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