Grandma’s homemade mac and cheese

When it comes to comfort food, pasta and cheese are top of my list. There is something about gooey cheese mixed with noodles that just make everything alright in the world. Though I didn’t love it as a kid, I quickly learned to appreciate this dish later on in life. In fact, growing up I hated mac and cheese, especially if it came out of a box. However, then my grandma made this homemade mac and cheese one day and I finally found a reason to love it. Gone was the questionable cheese sauce and instead, came a dish packed with flavor and cheese I could tell was truly cheese. I was in heaven. It’s no wonder I love my grandma so much, she gave me delicious food and helped create happy memories.

Funnily enough, this was one of the first things I learned to cook, even though it would be many years before I truly learned how to cook.

Grandma’s homemade mac and cheese


Whether it’s for a simple lunch, dinner, or side dish. This homemade mac and cheese will bring a smile to your face and a satisfied belly.

You can even dress it up by adding meat or vegetable into the mix and making it a full-blown casserole. Personally, I prefer it just the way it is. However, my family loves it with bacon mixed in.


  • 1 package macaroni
  • 2-3 cups of grated cheese
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 Tbsp oregano
  • 1 Tbsp parsley
  • 1 Tbsp basil


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large pot, cook pasta until al dente. Drain and return to pot or place in a large mixing bowl. Allow the noodles to cool slightly.
  3. Add most of the cheese and stir. Then add the ketchup, salt, pepper, and herbs and stir thoroughly.
  4. Spray a glass baking pan and spread the noodle mixture evenly. Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  5. Add the remaining cheese on top and bake until melted.

Give this homemade mac and cheese a try today! It’s full of flavor and is a great lunch or side dish for dinner.


  1. This sounds amazing! I’ve never heard of putting ketchup in mac and cheese before, but it’s definitely worth a try! 🙂

    1. It gives a surprising amount of flavor. Even my husband, who was against including it, said it was good.

  2. Looks delicious! I wasn’t a fan of mac & cheese from a box either as a kid. But I do love homemade mac & cheese. I’ll have to make this for my husband someday he’s a huge fan of mac & cheese. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Glad I’m not the only one who didn’t like the boxed stuff. Everyone thought I was crazy when I refused to eat it as a kid. I hope he enjoys it!

    1. It’s one of my favorite dishes.

    1. It’s not a typical ingredient but really adds something to the dish.

  3. A unique one for me – never knew ketchup was an ingredient – but now a must-try!

    1. Not everyone puts it in their mac and cheese, but it’s the heart of this dish. I hope you enjoy it.

  4. Oh, wow, this looks like my kind of food! I’ll have to make this sometime this week. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    1. It’s so dang good. I hope you enjoy it!

  5. Delicious and easy to make with this recipe – thank you for sharing! Can’t wait to try it!

    1. Love easy recipes like this. I hope you enjoy it.

  6. This looks yum! Homemade macaroni and cheese is definitely the way to go.

    1. It’s so good. It’s the best way to eat mac and cheese.

  7. Funnily enough I’ve never made this but I know my kids will love it. And it’s quick. Thanks for this

    1. I am sure they will love it. Hard not to like a dish like this.

  8. Ok I will admit I have never liked baked macaroni because no one in my family ever really made it and my first impression of it was bad.

    But, this looks and sounds absolutely amazing! I really can’t wait to try this recipe. It sounds like it has a good deal of flavor and the cheese looks great. Bookmarking for later!

    1. I’m glad to hear you are willing to give this a try. I grew up eating baked macaroni, baked spaghetti, and various other baked noodle dishes, so I make baked noodles as often as possible. I hope you enjoy it.

    1. It’s the best mac and cheese in my opinion. Thank you.

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