Creamy Baked Macaroni and Cheese

An extra creamy and cheesy version of Macaroni and cheese that's baked in the oven and serves as a great side dish!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: creamy cheesy baked mac and cheese, creamy homemade baked mac and cheese recipe, oven baked macaroni and cheese, southern baked mac and cheese
Servings: 16 servings


  • 1 Large pot
  • 1 medium saucepan
  • 1 13 x 9 baking pan


  • 1 16 oz box elbow macaroni
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 6 Tbsp unbleached all-purpose flour
  • tsp salt
  • tsp organic turmeric
  • tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 cup milk (We used whole, but any kind works)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 - 2 ½ cups Marbled shredded cheddar cheese


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  • In a large pot, cook your pasta according to the package's directions. However, since we'll be baking it in the oven, cook your pasta for 3 - 4 minutes and then drain well.
  • In a medium saucepan, melt your butter and then stir in the flour, turmeric, salt and pepper.
  • Gently add milk and heavy cream and cook over medium-high heat until the mixture is smooth and comes to a slight boil, stirring consistently.
  • Once boiling, turn the heat down to a low simmer, still stirring constantly for about a minute.
  • Slowly add in 2 cups of the cheese and stir until the cheese is fully melted throughout.
  • Add pasta, stirring lightly to mix well. Add to the baking dish and bake uncovered for 25 - 30 minutes (or until the internal temperature reaches 165 - 175°F).
  • Serve hot and enjoy!
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