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Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Servings - 4 persons


  • 1 box elbow noodles ($.97), use rice pasta for GF variety
  • 3 T butter ($.25)
  • 3 T flour ($.02)
  • 1-2 cups milk ($.35)
  • 1-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese ($1.25)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Leftover butternut squash, cooked and mashed (Free!)
  • 1 large zucchini ($.09) Catch that! $.09 Went to my favorite farmer's market today to pick up some pumpkin for DS's fall party tomorrow! Got 2 zucchinis for $.18 and some more goodies that I'll tell you about tomorrow!!!Option: Add 3/4 lb of cooked ground beef into the pasta. (adds $1.29)


  • Cook pasta as directed on package instructions.
  • To make sauce, melt butter in saucepan. Add flour and whisk together. Add milk and whisk, whisk, whisk. Turn heat to medium and let sauce thicken. Add more milk to thin it out or more flour to thicken. Whisk so sauce doesn't clump up.
  • Add cheese and let melt. Add squash or other cooked vegetable of similar color. Whisk sauce together.
  • Place pasta in baking dish. Pour sauce over pasta and stir through. Top with any remaining cheese and bake 10-15 minutes until top begins to golden.
  • NOTE: Add the cheese just after whisking the milk in to achieve a creamier texture!
  • Steam broccoli in microwave or steamer.
  • Serve veggie enhanced pasta with broccoli!