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Homemade Macaroni and Cheese with Salted Pork

macaroni cheese salted pork recipe

Who doesn’t love macaroni and cheese?! For many years, my kids wouldn’t eat a homemade version of macaroni and cheese, preferring the boxed brand over any attempts I made to make it from scratch.

But, as happens with time and exposure, I have finally succeeded in making a version they love. 

This recipe uses a standard roux to which I add cheese.

I have doubled this recipe for big parties or to freeze half for later. You can even vary the cheeses for a different flavor.

Note: I often throw in American cheese to the mix because it lends a creaminess that many other cheese don’t offer. 

What is your favorite blend of cheeses for homemade macaroni and cheese?  

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese with Salted Pork

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese with Salted Pork

Yield: 8 servings
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

A flavorful homemade mac-n-cheese with salted pork your family will love!


  • 1# macaroni
  • 2 to 3 ounces of salted pork, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups low fat milk
  • 2-3 cups of shredded cheese or more (I used a combination of Gruyere, Swiss, and Cheddar)


  1. Boil the macaroni according to package directions.
  2. Quickly cook the salted pork in a small skillet until crispy.
  3. In the meantime, melt the butter over medium heat in a large, wide saucepan.
  4. Whisk in the flour and brown for 1 minute (don't burn it!).
  5. Whisk in the milk until all the butter/flour mixture is dissolved.
  6. Turn up the heat a bit, and keep whisking until the milk mixture becomes thick.
  7. Turn off the heat and add the cheese, stirring until it is melted.
  8. Combine the cheese sauce, the salted pork, and the cooked pasta in a large bowl; transfer to a 9 x 13" baking dish.
  9. Bake at 350 F for about 20 minutes or until heated through.


It can take 15 to 20 minutes for your roux to thicken, but once it does, it thickens quickly, so turn off the heat.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 servings Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 533Total Fat: 40gSaturated Fat: 23gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 122mgSodium: 725mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 30g

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  1. We love Havarti and pepper jack, they melt so smoothly, or cheddar and Parmesan. I often add a little mustard, too (we like Coleman’s). And my kiddos like a handful of frozen peas stirred in–the molten cheese defrosts them instantly, and the cheese cools off to a toddler-safe temp!

    1. I haven’t added mustard, but I know a lot of recipes include mustard powder. I bet it takes the zing up a notch, huh?