School Cafeteria Mac and Cheese (A Lunch Lady Throwback!)

Grammar school lunches were soooo good in my day! This recipe was given to my mom by a classroom aide back in 1976.

Want to know our lunch lady's secret to the creamiest macaroni and cheese? Come on!

What You'll Need

elbow macaroni Kosher salt olive oil unsalted butter breadcrumbs cheddar and American cheese ...and a few additional pantry staples to include...

Let's make some cafeteria mac!


Preheat your oven to 350°F and butter a 1-quart casserole dish. If serving straight from the casserole, choose a pretty one!


Melt a knob of butter together with some Kosher salt and Italian breadcrumbs. This will become the crunchy topping.


To a cold Dutch oven, whisk together some cornstarch, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, and the secret ingredient...


...evaporated milk! By adding a can to the aromatics and the cheese, you get a creamy, full bodied, and mind-blowing super cheesy sauce!


Stirring constantly, turn the heat on medium-high and heat until the mixture comes to a boil. Remove from the heat and add...



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School Cafeteria Mac and Cheese (A Lunch Lady Throwback!)