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5 from 9 votes

Secret Ingredient Macaroni and Cheese

This Macaroni and Cheese uses an old trick for the secret ingredient to give you the perfect, full flavor classic cheddar mac and cheese.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Dish, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Maccaroni & Cheese
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 532kcal


  • 1 pound elbow noodles
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 4 cups milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Frank's Hot Sauce
  • 8 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese


  • Preheat an oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a 9x13 pan.
  • Fill a large saucepan with water, and bring to a boil. Stir in the macaroni; cook until al dente. Drain well. Pour noodles into prepared 9x13 pan.
  • Meanwhile in another large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour, salt, pepper, onion powder, mustard powder, and milk; whisk until smooth. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, for 3-5 minutes until the sauce starts to thicken. Reduce heat to low, and whisk in cheese and hot sauce. Pour cheese sauce over noodles in prepared 9x13 pan and stir to coat.
  • Bake, uncovered, 10 minutes. Serve hot.



Calories: 532kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 739mg | Potassium: 323mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 835IU | Calcium: 359mg | Iron: 1.4mg