Ingredients Original recipe yields 6 servings Ingredient Checklist 2 ½ cups elbow macaroni ¼ cup butter ¼ cup all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon salt 4 cups milk 1 pound shredded Cheddar cheese ¼ cup butter, melted 1 sleeve buttery round crackers, crushed Directions Instructions Checklist Step 1 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Step 2 Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in the macaroni, and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain well. Step 3 Melt 1/4 cup butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour and salt. Cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Whisk in milk and simmer, stirring frequently, until mixture thickens slightly, about 5 minutes. Step 4 Turn off heat and stir in Cheddar cheese until the cheese is melted. Add the macaroni and stir to coat. Pour the mixture into a 9×13-inch baking dish. Mix the 1/4 remaining cup melted butter and crushed crackers together in a bowl; scatter the cracker mixture evenly over the macaroni mixture. Step 5 Bake in preheated oven until golden brown on top, about 45 minutes.