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Macaroni and Cheese

July 11, 2011

The first time I made this recipe was about a year ago for a family member’s birthday party. The second time was for this year’s fourth of July dinner on the 3rd. The third time was JUST for this blog post. Yea, I love you guys that much 🙂

The original recipe comes from The Pioneer Woman but after making it a year ago I found the need to change it a bit. My adaptations were a success so I’m confident in sharing it with you today. I hope you like it too!

What you’ll need: macaroni (or other pasta), butter, flour, kosher salt, dry mustard, pepper, paprika, 1% milk, colby jack cheese and cheddar cheese.

Boil pasta to al dente and drain. Set aside.

In a medium pan, melt butter over medium high heat. In a small bowl, mix together flour, salt, dry mustard, pepper, and paprika. Add to butter and stir for 3 minutes. Add milk and stir for 10 minutes.

Stir in colby jack cheese and stir until thoroughly combined. Notice how the sauce doesn’t change color? Yea, it’s suppose to be like that 🙂

Add the pasta to a casserole dish and pour the sauce over the pasta.

Stir together. Don’t worry if it’s too soupy. The sauce with be soaked up by the pasta and it will thicken as it bakes.

Cover the top with cheddar cheese. I also sprinkle a little more paprika on top as well. I’m a fan.

Bake for 25-30 minutes and voila!

Devour and enjoy!



  • 8 – 10 oz macaroni (or other pasta)
  • 3 tbsp un-salted butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp paprika
  • 2 1/2 cups 1% milk
  • 2 cups shredded colby-jack cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Boil pasta until al dente, drain and rinse, set aside.
  3. Over medium heat, melt butter.
  4. Add in flour, salt, dry mustard, black pepper, and paprika. Stir constantly for 3 minutes.
  5. Stir in milk and whisk for about 10 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in colby-jack cheese, stirring until melted.
  7. Toss gently the sauce and pasta in a baking dish until mixed well.
  8. Sprinkle the cheddar cheese on top and dust lightly with paprika.
  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes.


  1. emmysuh says:

    Where are the pictures, photography lady?! I wanna see melty cheese!!!

  2. Megan says:

    I make this for holidays (Christmas and Thanskgiving) and family dinners! Everyone always requests it. 🙂

  3. Margarita says:

    This looks delicious! I’ve made this before (PW) but I’m going to try your version soon! Beautiful pictures.

  4. Mindy says:

    I love when you post recipes! I never make anything homemade and I have copied this recipe and printed it off. I also got your buttercream icing from a 2008 lol!

  5. Jess says:

    This looks amazing! Must try this week!

  6. Pam says:

    I am printing this out and making this for dinner tonight. Mac and cheese of any kind is my FAV!!! Thanks for sharing!