St. Louis Mac & Cheese Recipe

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St. Louis mac & cheese

Sheilagh Lange Romero

By
@sheba0907

I never liked mac & cheese until I played around with the ingredients and came up with this one. I call it St.Louis mac & cheese only because that's my home town.
Don't rush the prep time and of course the bake time is approximate.


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Comments:

Serves:

depends on how hungry everyone is

Prep:

45 Min

Cook:

45 Min

Ingredients

butter
whole milk
velveeta cheese
cheddar cheese
monterey jack cheese
cream cheese
bacon bits
ritz crackers
macaroni noodles
salt and pepper

Directions Step-By-Step

1
All measurements are approximate based on how much I want to make and how "soupy" you want the cheese mixture to be. I like it to be pretty soupy to start with because it will thicken up after baking.
I eyeball the amount of noodles to add also.
But for the most part these are the measurements:
1 medium box/bag of macaroni elbows or shells.
Boil noodles 10 minutes
2
Put an extra large heavy stainless steel bowl on top of low heat on the stove top.
After the bowl is hot, add 1 1/2 sticks of butter until melted.
Then add 1 qt of whole milk
Heat all until almost boiling
3
Add 1/2 of a large box of Velveeta cheese cut into cubes to the hot butter/milk mixture
Stir until melted completely
4
Add 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese & stir until melted completely
Add 1 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese & stir until melted completely
Add 8 oz of soft cream cheese (cut into cubes) & stir until melted completely
5
After all the cheese mixture is smooth, mix in 1 cup of bacon bits (or more if you like)
Taste and add salt & pepper to taste
You MIGHT need to add more milk to get the consistency you want.
Mix with cooked noodles
Pour all into greased 9 x 13 pan
6
Crush 2 sleeves of Ritz crackers into fine crumbs. (I use a zip lock bag to control the mess)
Sprinkle crumbs over top of mac & cheese
7
Melt another stick of butter and pour over cracker crumb topping
8
Bake in a 350 degree oven until cracker crumbs are lightly browned and edges are bubbly.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta
Hashtags: #cheese, #macaroni