Oven Ready Macaroni & Cheese

oven ready macaroni cheese
4 Reviews
Baked macaroni and cheese that is a classic creamy mac and cheese recipe baked to perfection.
20 min
Prep Time
50 min
Total Time
4 servings


5 ounces (1 1/4 cups)
uncooked dried elbow macaroni
2 tablespoons
Land O Lakes® Butter
2 tablespoons
all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon
dried mustard
1/2 teaspoon
onion powder
2 cups
Land O Lakes® Half & Half
10 (3/4-ounce) slices
Land O Lakes® Deli American, quartered
1/3 cup
crushed cornflakes


  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain.
  2. Melt butter in 3-quart saucepan until sizzling; stir in flour, mustard and onion powder. Add half & half; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 5-7 minutes or until mixture boils and thickens. Reduce heat to low; stir in cheese. Cook 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Add cooked macaroni; mix well.
  3. Spoon into ungreased 2-quart casserole dish. Sprinkle with cornflakes. Bake 30-35 minutes or until heated through.

Recipe Tips

- Add 2/3 cup chopped cooked ham, 1/3 cup chopped red or green bell pepper or 1/3 cup drained mushroom stems and pieces.

-To freeze and bake later, prepare mixture as directed above except do not sprinkle with cornflakes. Place into casserole or large freezer container. Cover tightly; freeze up to 3 months. To thaw, place in refrigerator 24 hours or until thawed. Heat oven to 350°F. Pour macaroni mixture into ungreased 2-quart casserole dish, if necessary. Bake, covered, 30 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with cornflakes. Continue baking 10-15 minutes or until heated through.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Dietary Fiber

Recipe Comments and Reviews


My four kids loved it. It was a hit.


I added ham to the recipe and topped it with crushed Onion and Garlic potato chips instead of the corn flakes, and it turned out very well.


I made the recipe except I added some sharp cheddar cheese as well. It was delish, my family asks for it :


The recipe was okay. Not very flavorful. I also used lowfat 2% cheese, which I think made the sauce grainy instead of creamy. It might have been better with regular cheese. Even so, it didn't have a lot of flavor. I would probably not make this dish again.

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