Super Creamy Mac and Cheese

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Super Creamy Mac and Cheese

Super Creamy Mac and Cheese is insanely rich and delicious. One taste and you will be hooked. Whether eaten as a side or a main dish, this is a recipe you will want to make over and over. Three types of cheese give Super Creamy Mac and Cheese a whole lot of cheese flavor.

Super Creamy Mac and Cheese with a blend of cheddar, monterey jack, and velveeta.

We have sharp cheddar (can you have mac and cheese without it?), wonderfully melty Monterey Jack, and last but not least – Velveeta.

Super Creamy Mac and Cheese with a blend of cheddar, monterey jack, and velveeta.

I’m not a huge fan of Velveeta but there’s no question it gives mac and cheese a velvety texture that is hard to achieve any other way.

Super Creamy Mac and Cheese with a blend of cheddar, monterey jack, and velveeta.

Wonderfully cheesy and totally indulgent.

Life should have more mac and cheese.

Super Creamy Mac and Cheese with cheddar, monterey jack, and velveeta.

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Super Creamy Mac and Cheese
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) Challenge butter, cut into 1 tablespoon-sized pieces
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 8 ounces Velveeta, cut into small cubes
  • ¼ teaspoon seasoned salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter a casserole dish.
  2. Cook pasta until just tender. It will cook more as it bakes. Drain pasta and return to pot. While pasta is still hot, add butter, and stir until butter is melted.
  3. Add the half-and-half to the pot, along with half the cheddar and Monterey Jack, the eggs, Velveeta, seasoned salt and pepper. Stir to mix well.
  4. Pour into prepared dish and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  5. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.

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140 thoughts on “Super Creamy Mac and Cheese

  1. I made this Mac and cheese for Thanksgiving. Everyone loved it. I heated up leftovers 3 days later and it was still moist. This is now my go to side dish!

  2. I made this and while everyone liked it, it was a little dry and clumpy, not as creamy as advertised. Im not sure what I did wrong, but when the velveeta wasn’t melting in the noodles I did heat it in the pot with all of the ingredients until all of the cheese was melted – then threw it in the oven.

    Maybe I just needed to shorten the cooking time after heating it in the pot to melt the cheese, but something for other noob’s to consider.

  3. So this is the first Thanksgiving I’m hosting and was looking for the cheesiest & creamiest mac and cheese recipe and this sounds like a winner. By the description and all the comments I am extremely excited to see how it turns out. Thank you for what seems to be a quick, easy, amazing mac and cheese.

  4. Just made this for Thanksgiving and my husband and mother had to taste test it and they are still talking about how good it is. That was before it went in the oven!!

  5. I wanted to make this for thanksgiving for 8 people, but the men usually will go for seconds and thirds lol. Will this be enough or should I double the ingredients? And if I wanted to add a little pepper jack cheese for a little kick, how much cheese should I add?

    Thanks!

  6. I was wondering if adding a little cream cheese to the recipe would work or not? Or does the velveeta alone add enough creaminess to it? Also, I see other recipes use Dijon mustard for a spice….what does mustard do to the flavor of mac and cheese? I thought about trying a little fresh garlic and then adding a topping to your recipe. I never made homemade mac and cheese before. I read a lot of different recipes…your recipe looks like something I would like. One more question….Can the recipe be halved? Serving size of 8 is way too much. But I do know some recipes don’t turn out if you half them.

    Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    1. The Velveeta does add plenty of creaminess, but I think someone had commented that they had used some cream cheese and they liked the way it tasted. You can definitely half the recipe. A little mustard will help add some flavor.
      Good luck making your first homemade mac and cheese!

      1. 1/2 whole milk and 1/2 light cream, you can buy it by the milk, heavy cream and whipping cream or make it yourself. Can also use 3/4 c whole milk and 1/4 c heavy cream

    1. I have the same question. I am going to a thanksgiving dinner and going to bring this but I work all day so I would like to prepare it ahead of time. What would be the best way to do so?

        1. Right lol. I’m trying to decide if I should save time tomorrow by preparing this today. I see she answered a question above about it not being as creamy when it’s reheated. For that reason, I think I’ll prepare today and bake tomorrow. Wish me luck! πŸ˜‰

        2. You may prepare and bake right before. But if you do this cook the pasta a couple minutes less so that it’s not too tender and become mushy.

  7. This sounds easy to make , looks amazing ! Mac and cheese is one of my favorite meals! (Even at my age) 29😜Haha.
    Looks like I will have to run to the store for a couple ingrediance ! Thank you for posting this ! Yum

  8. It looks like you copied this recipe from Sweetie Pie’s in St. Louis. You should maybe give Miss Robbie credit since it’s her mother’s original recipe.

      1. Sweet pie Mac and cheese is good just call for to much cheese I know because I have made it two time and u do have to put evaporated milk And sour cream I’m going to made this for Thanksgiving Because it don’t call for so much cheese we see how it turnturn out.

    1. I have made this recipe and many more.
      For over 25 years nothing to do with sweetie pies I just think it was passed on from generation to generation..
      I will make it this year and will add to it and change a few thing’s about it.

  9. Can you substitute elbow pasta with something else? I don’t have elbow on hand. I have ziti, shells or ditalini…..or spahgetti….lol

  10. Tried this recipe Sunday. Loooooved It. 😍The true litmus test was my husband loving it too! He never eats my mac n’ cheese because its ” too stiff” he says. But he ate 2 helpings of this dish, however. Perfect combination of ingredients, this will be my new family fav. Thanks, Christin!!

  11. This is a great recipe. I have it in the oven now. Only thing I added was about 1/3 cup of pulverized sweet onion…so it is more like a juicy pulp ( I put a few chunks in a small food processor),added it to butter and melted and then poured over macaroni. Every time I make Mac and Chz I get rave reviews…I believe it is the addition of the onion flavor. You cannot tell it is onion, but it adds something to the cheese. I add it this way to my cheese enchiladas too.

    1. Not sure but try melting only the Velveeta… add the other cheeses when incorporating ALL of the ingredients and pop in the oven. Also use 1 tbsp black pepper and add evaporated milk but you can follow this recipe. This is very similar to how African Americans make mac n cheese. Baked for holidays. We call this “Soul Food”

  12. This will be my first time preparing this for my family and I am very excited! My husband came across this recipe online and my three boys love macaroni & cheese!!! I will be back with feedback when I’m done. 😊

  13. This is on my shopping list for September! I had heard Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese memtioned as secret ingredient. From people down here, who always manage to leave out something in shared receipts, or, won’t share their receipts! I suppose I will have to make it both ways! It looks delish! I have been trying for years to get a GOOD receipt for Mac and Cheese, and have resolved to frozen for years! Let me Do this!

      1. It’s very popular in the south to use eggs for mac and cheese. It make the texture a little more custard like and in some recipes (not so much this one because it is so creamy), it makes it set up like a casserole.

  14. I would imagine if folks have the anti Velveeta mindset like me…well…except for chili cheese dip during football season…c’mon πŸ˜‰ a good substitute is a 8oz brick of Philadelphia cream cheese…just keep the salt, really enhances the creamyness and smooths out the grains like velveeta (never underestimate the power of cream cheese). It was amazing…added some Italian bread crumbs mix with melted butter for the last 10 minutes of baking and had a nice crisp top to break through…thank you for this. Wonderful recipe truly

    1. Wonderful suggestion! I really detest Velveeta and processed cheeses, but I adore cream cheese. This recipe looked awesome except for the Velveeta, so I’m gonna try it with the cream cheese. I’m sure it will be relish!

  15. This says it makes 8 servings but it doesn’t say the serving size. I am making this for 45-50 people. I’m assuming half cup? I will be having appetizers and a main course. Also, I’m assuming this would freeze well?

  16. Am I the only person that thought this was salty? I almost substituted the season salt with cayenne. Trying to figure out if also the velveeta made it seem so salty. I just made 2lb and froze it for my son’s rehearsal dinner I am hosting. I still need to make another 2 lbs. and I’m not sure that I want to do this again. I’m hoping just leaving the season all out will do the trick. Any ideas?

  17. A lot of the stuff on the recipe is American-based (I’m from South Africa!), but I made a couple of substitutes and it came out brilliant! Best recipe on the net!

    1. If you can’t get it where you are mix equal parts of whole milk and heavy or whipping cream whatever it’s called where you are

  18. I’ve been making this for the past few months, as my go-to mac and cheese recipe. So perfect and delicious. Feedback from extended family was “that’s gourmet restaurant quality”.
    Thanks so much for sharing!

  19. I am taking this to my family Easter! It has taken all the power in me to not dive in beforehand! It smells and looks amazing! πŸŒ·πŸ£β˜€οΈπŸ°

  20. I made this dish for my family Christmas dinner!! OMG!! It was so creamy and delicious!!! Several people asked me for the recipe!!!! Yum yum Yum!!!

  21. I’ve finally found the perfect baked mad and cheese recipe! I’ve been trying to perfect baked mac and cheese for a while but it would always come out too dry, or the cheese would seperate from the cream or it just didn’t taste right! This is delicious creamy and comforting! Thanks this is my new favorite!

  22. Just made this tonight for my boyfriend and myself. It was probably the best homemade mac and cheese I’ve ever made. Very creamy and not dried out-just the way I like it! Thanks for the delicious recipe!

  23. The key to a perfect homemade mac and cheese is totally Velveeta!!! I learned that last year. Otherwise the sauce comes out all grainy. This version looks INSANELY good and now that I’m allowed to have dairy again, I’m totally making it πŸ™‚

    1. I can’t stand Velveeta so I purchased a chuck of American cheese from the deli in place of Velveeta, came perfect.

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