Baked Mac ‘n’ Cheese Recipe

Baked Mac ‘n’ Cheese Recipe

A classic casserole dish from the 1950s. This dish is characterized by it's ease of preparation and savory, cheesy flavor.

Tasting Guidelines:
Taste is savory and cheesy with a hint of salty.
Weight is heavy but can be balanced with vinegar.
Texture is soft.
Good for people with low to moderate treatment side effects.
Best categorized as comfort food.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheddar, cheese, comfort food, easy, mac n cheese, macaroni
Servings: 6 People
Author: Chef Ryan Callahan
Cost: $15


  • Saute Pan
  • Casserole Dish
  • Strainer
  • 1.5 Gallon Pot (spaghetti pot)


Food Ingredients:

  • 4 slices crispy bacon chopped
  • 1 lb. elbow macaroni cooked in salted water.
  • 8 oz. sharp cheddar shredded
  • 8 oz. American cheddar shredded
  • 1/2 yellow onion chopped
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. flour

Flavor Balancers:

  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tbsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp. sugar


  • 1 tbsp. garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp. bay seasoning


  • Preheat your oven to 375°F . In a large sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and garlic. Allow onions to caramelize stirring frequently. Stir in flour until butter is absorbed. Add milk. Stir thoroughly, avoiding burning the milk. Add seasonings and cheese. Mix thoroughly, and taste for flavor. Slowly stir in macaroni. If there is not enough sauce, slowly add milk until pasta is thoroughly coated. Adjust seasonings as necessary. Bake in deep casserole dish at least 15 minutes.


To make this more of a meal, add some cooked, cubed chicken breast. This is a fantastic meal in itself or used as a side.

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This recipe is taken from Cooking for Chemo …and After! By Chef Ryan Callahan -The Cancer Chef. For more cooking for chemotherapy recipes like this, you can pick up a copy on Amazon . Have specific questions? Email us at

About the Author:

Chef Ryan Callahan is a 2x Gourmand World Cookbook Award Winning Chef. He is also the author of "Cooking for Chemo ...and After!" Chef Ryan acted as his mother's primary caregiver while she herself went through chemotherapy treatments. He has dedicated his life to helping cancer fighters navigate the difficulty that eating related side-effect present to the cancer fighter.