St. Louis mac & cheese

St. Louis Mac & Cheese Recipe

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Sheilagh Lange Romero


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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depends on how hungry everyone is
45 Min
45 Min


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

How to Make St. Louis mac & cheese


  • 1All 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
  • 2Put 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
  • 3Add 1/2 of a large box of Velveeta cheese cut into cubes to the hot butter/milk mixture
    Stir until melted completely
  • 4Add 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
  • 5After 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
  • 6Crush 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
  • 7Melt another stick of butter and pour over cracker crumb topping
  • 8Bake in a 350 degree oven until cracker crumbs are lightly browned and edges are bubbly.

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About St. Louis mac & cheese

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

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