American Mac and Cheese

American Mac And Cheese Recipe

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Pat Campbell


Made this a bunch of times, my G-G-kids love this,(and also their mom's and dads) This recipe came from a food network magazine recipe flyer.This is just a little twist on regular mac and cheese. (in fact, the name of the flyer is "50 twists on mac and cheese") This is the basic recipe, then I will add some of the variations. enjoy!


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20 Min
15 Min


  • ·
    koser salt
  • 8 oz
    elbow mac or other small pasta
  • 1 Tbsp
    unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbsp
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp
    mustard powder
  • one 12 oz
    can evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 c
    grated mild yellow cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 c
    diced processed cheese, such as velveeta
  • ·
    kosher salt
  • ·
    fresh ground black pepper

How to Make American Mac and Cheese


  1. bring pot of salted water to a boil, add the pasta and cook until al dente. Reserve 1 cup cooking water, then drain the pasta.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat; whisk in the flour, mustard powder and cayenne and cook, whisking 1 minute. Whisk in the evaporated milk and simmer, stiring occasionally, until slightly thick, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the cheeses, then the pasta and just enough of the reserved cooking water to make a thick sauce. Season with salt and black pepper.
    Make American Mac and Cheese, adding all of the reserved cooking water to make a loose sauce. Transfer to a buttered baking dish; top with 1 cup chili and 1/4 cup each crushed tortilla chips and grated pepper jack cheese. Bake at 400 for 15 minutes.
    Puree 1 cup chopped roasred red peppers,
    1 small chipotle in adobo sauce and 1 TBSP adobo sauce. Make American Mac and Cheese: stir in the pepper puree and 2 sliced scallions.

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About American Mac and Cheese

Course/Dish: Pasta

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