Easy Mac & Cheese Recipe That Tastes Even Better on Day 2 (PHOTO)

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Traditional mac and cheese just got cheesier! This baked macaroni and cheese recipe from CherylStyle.com has crushed, cheesy crackers sprinkled on top -- making it extra delicious.

You’d better put your name on the dish for the potluck, because people are going to want to know who made it! This homemade casserole is easily prepared in just under an hour, and the recipe yields enough to feed the masses. Served as a side dish or as a main course, it’s perfectly appropriate for holidays, potlucks, game day, and beyond. This recipe will not disappoint, and kids love it too.

If you actually have leftovers, it tastes even better on day two! Just nuke it in the microwave for a minute or two, then grab a fork and chow down.


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For the pasta:

  • 1 lb large elbow macaroni
  • 1 Tbsp salt

For the cheese sauce:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dry mustard powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 16 oz bag shredded medium or sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz (2 cups) shredded Monterey Jack or mozzarella cheese

For the topping:

  • 1 1/2 cups cheese crackers, crushed (such as Cheez-Its)


  1. Place rack in center of oven, then preheat to 375 degrees. Coat a 9" x 13" casserole dish with cooking spray, then set aside. Bring large pot of water to a full rolling boil over high heat, then stir in macaroni and salt. Bring the water back to a boil, then reduce heat and cook until the pasta is just beginning to become tender, but still very firm -- about 6 minutes. Drain pasta, place it in a large bowl, then set aside.
  2. While water is boiling and pasta is cooking, place a large saucepan over medium heat and melt the butter.

For the rest of this easy baked mac and cheese recipe, head over to CherylStyle.com. Be sure to try to save some for leftovers so you can see how great it still tastes on day two right out of the microwave!

What's your kids' favorite mac and cheese recipe?

Written by mom of three and lifestyle and entertaining expert Cheryl Najafi of CherylStyle.com. She's the author of a new cookbook Mother Daughter Dishes with her mom Peggy.

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