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Baked Mac and Cheese for One

This recipe results in the perfect classic baked macaroni and cheese for one! If you're cooking for a group or you want to have extra on hand, this recipe is easily multiplied. This mac and cheese recipe is ooey, gooey, rich, and oh-so satisfying: all of the things you want in a mac and cheese, right?
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 1 serving
Calories 1215 kcal


  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 tbsp butter For the noodles
  • 1 tablespoon butter For the sauce
  • ½ cup cream You can also use milk and it will be a slightly less rich but still delicious option.
  • ½ cup shredded cheese For the sauce
  • cup shredded cheese For the topping
  • teaspoon powdered mustard
  • teaspoon onion powder Or more, to taste
  • A pinch salt To taste
  • A pinch pepper To taste
  • ¾ cup uncooked macaroni noodles
  • A pinch dried parsley For the topping.


  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the macaroni according to package directions, but subtract one minute off of the cooking time since the noodles will cook more in the oven.
  • Preheat your oven to 350F.
  • When your noodles are done cooking, drain them and add a tablespoon of butter to them and mix. Set aside. (It's okay if your noodles cool off. In fact, this stops them from soaking in too much liquid while they cook in the oven.)
  • On medium heat, melt the other one tablespoon of butter in a large saucepan.
  • When the butter is totally melted, add the flour, whisking constantly.
  • Once a paste forms, slowly add the milk or cream, stirring constantly.
  • When your sauce has thickened up but the chunks of flour are mostly mixed in, add your salt, pepper, powdered mustard, and onion powder.
  • Turn off the heat and add ½ a cup of the cheese, reserving the other ⅓ cup of cheese for the topping. There will still be enough heat in the sauce to melt the cheese.
  • Once the cheese has melted and the sauce is a good consistency, add your cooked noodles to the sauce pan. Stir until the noodles are coated in the sauce.
  • Grease an oven-safe dish with butter. Pour your noodles and sauce into the dish. Add the remaining cheese on top.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the top is nice and bubbly and just how you like it.
  • Let sit for a few minutes before you serve it. Top with some dried parsley if you'd like and ENJOY!


I usually use cheddar cheese, but you can use a combination of cheeses or just stick with your favorite. Combing a bit of gruyere or mozzarella with your cheddar is always a good idea! The only thing I ask is that you shred the cheese on your own - DON'T use those bags of shredded cheese. It's just not the same.
Feel free to experiment with different types of cheese, as well as how much mustard and onion powder you use! Some people like their mac and cheese with more seasoning, while others like it slightly more simple.
This recipe is a crowd-pleasing option that will please any palate and it's easy to customize!


Calories: 1215kcalCarbohydrates: 70gProtein: 34gFat: 89gSaturated Fat: 55gCholesterol: 298mgSodium: 639mgPotassium: 307mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 3090IUCalcium: 565mgIron: 2mg
Keyword mac and cheese, mac of the month
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