Learn how to make Macaroni and Cheese, one of Rita's recipes for cooking in the kitchen with kids.

Macaroni and Cheese


  • 1½ cups multigrain elbow macaroni
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup skim milk or skimmed evaporated milk, divided
  • ½ cup + 1 tablespoon 2% shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon panko unseasoned breadcrumbs


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 1-quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain macaroni in colander under cold water to cool slightly; shake off excess liquid. Set aside in bowl.
  3. In small saucepan mix together flour, mustard, pepper and salt. Add ½ cup milk and whisk until smooth. Place over medium heat. Whisk in remaining milk. Continue to cook, stirring until bubbly and thickened. Remove from heat; let cool 2-3 minutes. Stir in ½ cup cheese and mix until melted.
  4. Add egg white to slightly cooled macaroni and mix. Add cheese sauce to macaroni mixture and mix. Spoon macaroni mixture into prepared baking dish.
  5. Mix together 1 tablespoon cheese, paprika and panko. Sprinkle mixture on top of macaroni. Bake until bubbly and lightly browned for 15-20 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.