How To Make A Better Mac N Cheese

How To Make A Better Mac N Cheese

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There are a few simple steps to a great Mac N Cheese. As you have most certainly noticed, there are good and not so good Mac N Cheese recipes. One of the most common mistakes is not adding enough cheese, leaving the noodles dry and hard. On the subject of cheese use good quality cheese not the super cheap kind (it matters). The easiest and most fool proof method of making Mac N Cheese, is to first make the noodles and then make a cheese sauce to pour over the top, and then baking. The noodles should be swimming in cheese sauce. Adding flour in my opinion steals a lot of the flavor from the cheese. I prefer to add eggs which help thicken it. If you desire to make a runnier Mac N Cheese (Which is some times better as a side dish) use just one egg or leave them out entirely.

"I'm a Mac n cheese addict and have tried many different kinds. This was excellent!! I was a little skeptical about using the eggs but you were right! The consistency was great and you really could taste the cheese! It was firm but not dry. This Will definitely go in the rotation. Thanks!!"

- jenniferoliveira

Top-ranked recipe named "How To Make A Better Mac N Cheese"

4.7 avg, 22 review(s) 86% would make again

Ingredients

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1 box Elbow Macaroni; (16 ounces)
1 Cup Velveeta; Cubed
2 Cups Sargento, Cheddar Jack Cheese; Shredded
3/4 Cup Sharp Cheddar; Shredded
3 Tablespoons Mayonaise
3 Large Eggs; (whites only)
2 Tablespoons Salted Butter
1 Cup Half & Half cream
2 Teaspoons Salt; (for pasta water)
1/2 Teaspoon Salt

Original recipe makes 8 Servings

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Preparation

In water with two teaspoons of salt boil macaroni until slightly soft (al dente), strain and leave in covered pot.

Beat the egg whites separately, and (except for the 3/4 Cup shredded sharp cheddar and 1/2 tsp. salt) add all of the remaining ingredients to a pan on low heat.

Stir until completely melted (add more half & half if needed). When nicely blended, pour macaroni into a 9x13 in baking dish, that has been sprayed with cooking spray(e.g. Pam)

Pour cheese mixture over the top, then cover with the 3/4 cup of sharp cheddar cheese and bake at 350 degree preheated oven for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until slightly browned on top.

Notes

Variety adds complexity of taste and that is why I like to add a blend of cheeses, but no more than 7, beyond that your taste buds start getting confused. Some people use 14 or more different cheeses and the flavors start becoming indistinguishable. While adding powdered mustard adds depth of flavor, it is not needed when using a blend of cheeses.

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Added a 4oz can of hatch chiles and topped with bacon...so good! photo by robbgriffin robbgriffin

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jd977 1 month ago
I've tried several Mac n cheese recipes. This was by far the best! Very creamy. Huge hit!!
amandaleary 1 month ago
You say you MUST use good cheese and then the first thing I see is Velveeta. That is not even real cheese!
JudyMathewsPaczkowski 3 months ago
GOING TO MAKE IT FOR THIS THANKSGIVING DINNER
pinkcaramel 4 months ago
amorloco 5 months ago
echofoxtrot2011 6 months ago
I've made this many times and it's always a hit. Added a 4oz of green chiles and topped with bacon....so good.
robbgriffin 6 months ago
lashawntab 9 months ago
Yummy! Great cheesy flavor. Plan to make it again soon.
mountaindew 11 month ago
asmitherman 11 month ago
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