May 11, 2016

Ultimate Macaroni and Cheese

It's no secret around here that I am a sucker for a good, homemade comfort food recipe. When you've also got one kid who is picky and one who has food issues due to autism, finding foods everyone loves can be a challenge. With my ultimate macaroni and cheese recipe, everyone ends up happy. I'll warn you up front, this isn't one of my healthy recipes. It fits squarely in the typical comfort food category, boasting cheese, butter and pasta noodles along with plenty of calories.

If you're like me and watch what you eat, a small portion is in order. It is super filling though, so you won't be left hungry even if you don't serve up a giant bowl (though you'll be tempted to, it's so good). Even with the extra calories, this mac and cheese is still healthier than the processed, box kinds you'll find in the store.

As tasty as this dish is, it's also incredibly easy to make. Really, it doesn't take too much more effort than making the box kind. All you need is a few bricks of cheese, shredded (or you can buy pre-shredded cheese if you're ok with spending a bit more), a dab of butter, milk and noodles.

Prepare the noodles. For a twist, I skip the typical macaroni noodles and use something else. While the water comes to a boil and the noodles boil away, shred your cheese. Once the noodles are done, add the milk and butter, stirring well, then stir in the cheese a handful at a time while the noodles are still hot.

Once all the cheese is blended in, stick it all in a 9x13 baking dish, sprinkle another handful or two of cheese on top, then bake until the cheese on the top is all melted in. The extra baking adds a bit of crispness to the noodles and cheese, rather than having them be mushy. Voila! Ultimate macaroni and cheese everyone will be clambering to eat.

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Ultimate Macaroni and Cheese

by The Stay-at-Home Life
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients (Makes 8 generous servings)

  • 16 oz box of noodles
  • 16 oz block of colby jack cheese
  • 8 oz block of monterey jack cheese
  • 2 8 oz block of cheddar cheese
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 4 Tbsp milk
  • salt and pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Shred cheese
Prepare noodles according to directions on the box, strain when finished
Combine hot noodles, salt, pepper, milk and butter until butter is melted in noodle pot with the burner on low
Add cheese a small handful at at time, stirring continuously until it is melted and smooth
Stir mixture until all but 1 1/2 cups of cheese is melted and everything is well blended
Spray 9x13 pan with nonstick spray
Dump noodle mixture into the pan then smooth out evenly
Top with the remainining cheese
Bake until top cheese is melted and golden

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  1. You can never go wrong with a classic mac and cheese!

  2. oh my gosh, this looks AMAZING!! The old school boxed mac and cheese is my all time favorite!

  3. I think the ultimate mac and cheese is on everyone bucket list! haha Looks yummy!

  4. So beautiful! I love Mac and Cheese!

  5. This looks great! Love Mac and cheese!


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