Sandy's Homemade Mac & Cheese Recipe

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Sandy's Homemade Mac & Cheese

Sandy Lowery


Homemade Mac & Cheese is so rare nowadays at gatherings...its easier out of a box. Like Mashed Potatoes, Homemade Mac & Cheese is worth the extra effort!

I would also like to add, that being in a metropolitan area makes it easier for me to find certain cheeses shredded that some small town grocers might not have available. I love Colby & Jack in this recipe, but if you don't have that extra time to shred a couple of blocks of cheese, feel free to substitute shredded mexican-style cheese mix that most grocers have available. (This translates to (2) 2-cup packages)

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15 Min


40 Min


2 c
colby cheese, shredded (i can find this prepackaged, but if shredding yourself, this will increase prep time by 15 min)
2 c
cheddar cheese, shredded
1 stick
butter, melted
2 can(s)
evaporated milk (or 1 1/2 cups of buttermilk as per your preference)
1 pkg
cream cheese, cubed
1 box
elbow pasta
2 c
monterey jack cheese, shredded (i can find this prepackaged, but if shredding yourself, this will increase prep time by 15 min)
1 Tbsp
ground black pepper
6 c
(at least) water for boiling
1 tsp
onion powder (optional)

Directions Step-By-Step

Prep: In large bowl, mix colby, cheddar, and monterey jack cheeses together. Reserve 2 cups.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Bring water to boil in large pot. Add pasta and return to boil for 8-12 minutes until al dente consistency. Drain. (Helpful tip: I find that if I add a splash of olive oil to the pot right before I add the pasta it helps keep the pasta from sticking.)
While pasta is boiling, heat butter and 1 can evaporated milk (or 3/4 cup of buttermilk) till hot. Slowly add cream cheese until creamy.
Alternate adding cheese mix and remaining milk until cheese is melted and smooth. (Please note: you may not use all of the milk. I don't know why, but sometimes I need all of it, and sometimes I have some left over.)
In large bowl or pot, combine and stir the drained pasta, cheese sauce, and pepper (and onion powder if using.) Spread into large baking dish.
Sprinkle reserved cheese on top of macaroni mixture, and bake for 15 minutes until melted.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta Sides