8 Cheese Baked Macaroni

★★★★★ 6 Reviews
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By Jane Kear
from Edmond, OK

When we were growing up, Mama used to make the best homemade macaroni and cheese I ever ate. I really wish I had her recipe, but since I don’t, I made up my own. I take it to all the family dinners and receive rave reviews - but that's just because they never ate Mama's! It’s good, but not as good as Mama’s!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Oh my... there are layers of goodness in this macaroni and cheese recipe. The Velveeta and cream cheese mixture is super creamy and sets this apart from other macaroni and cheese recipes. Layering it in with other cheeses makes this mac and cheese cheesy perfection. We did take the foil off for the last 10 minutes to help the top brown. This will be eaten in no time!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
serves 12
prep time 30 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients

  • 1 lb
    pasta (for fun, use mix of elbow, bowtie, shell)
  • 1/2 stick
    butter
  • 1 c
    milk, whole
  • 1 lb
    Velveeta cheese, cubed
  • 4 oz
    cream cheese, cubed
  • 8 oz
    sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 8 oz
    4-cheese mix, shredded (e.g., Italian or Mexican combination)
  • 4 oz
    Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • salt and pepper, to taste
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How To Make

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease (or spray) a 9x12 baking pan or casserole dish (I like to use glass).
  • 2
    Cook pasta according to directions. After thoroughly draining the cooked pasta, return it to the pan (with burner off).
  • 3
    While pasta is still very hot, add milk, butter, Velveeta, cream cheese, salt and pepper.
  • 4
    Stir until all items are melted and distributed evenly.
  • 5
    Pour half of the pasta into the baking pan and top with 1/2 of each of the remaining cheeses.
  • 6
    Add the remaining pasta and top with the remaining cheeses.
  • 7
    Cover pan (with lid or foil) and bake for 30 - 40 minutes until cheese are bubbly and beginning to turn golden brown.
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