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Velvet Mac and Cheese

Velvet Mac and Cheese has a velvety texture and plenty of cheese flavor. This stove-top homemade mac and cheese can be made in under 20 minutes.

Velvet Mac and Cheese in a blue bowl.

 

A blend of cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and shredded Mexican cheese gives this Velvet Mac and Cheese a really creamy, satiny texture with a mild cheese flavor.

How to Make Velvet Mac and Cheese:

  • First take the cream cheese out of the fridge and cut it into pieces so it starts coming to room temperature while you wait for the water to boil.
  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil.
  • While you wait for the water to boil, get all the ingredient measured and ready to go.
  • While the macaroni cooks, you can go ahead and melt the butter in a Dutch oven and make the roux. Once the butter is melted, you’ll add 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour and whisk it into the butter. Let it cook for about a minute and then gradually whisk in the milk.

Mac and Cheese in a large blue dutch oven.

 

  • Add the seasonings and the cream cheese and stir until smooth.
  • Remove the Dutch oven from the heat and stir in the cheddar cheese and Mexican cheese until melted.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper and stir in the cooked, drained pasta.

 

Close-up of Velvet Mac and Cheese in a blue bowl.

One bite of this mac and cheese and you’ll be hooked. The cream cheese makes it so incredibly rich.

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Velvet Mac and Cheese in a blue bowl.

Velvet Mac and Cheese

Velvet Mac and Cheese has a velvety texture and plenty of cheese flavor. This stove-top homemade mac and cheese can be made in under 20 minutes.

PREP: 10 mins
COOK: 8 mins
SERVINGS: 4

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces uncooked elbow pasta
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, cut into pieces and softened
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Cook pasta in salted water according to package directions. Drain.
  • Melt butter in a Dutch oven or large saucepan over medium heat.
  • Whisk in flour and cook 1 minute.
  • Gradually whisk in milk and bring to a simmer.
  • Add dry mustard, garlic powder, onion powder and cream cheese. Stir until cream cheese is melted.
  • Remove from heat and stir in cheddar cheese and Mexican cheese until melted. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Stir in elbow pasta and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 679kcal
Course: Main Dish, Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: mac and cheese

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  1. This is really, really good! I added 12oz of cooked crawfish meat and put under the broiler for a couple of min.

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