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Company Mac and Cheese Recipe
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Company Mac and Cheese Recipe

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This is by far the creamiest, tastiest and most special macaroni and cheese I have ever tried. I'm not usually a fan of homemade macaroni and cheese, but when a friend served this, I had to have the recipe. Since it's so little fuss and well received, it's a terrific potluck dish. —Catherine Odgen, Middlegrove, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1 package (7 ounces) elbow macaroni
  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 teaspoons spicy brown mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 453 calories, 30 g fat (19 g saturated fat), 92 mg cholesterol, 623 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 15 g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, melt 4 tablespoons butter in a large saucepan. Stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes.
  2. Reduce heat; add cheeses, mustard, salt and pepper. Stir until cheese is melted and sauce is smooth. Drain macaroni; add to cheese sauce and stir to coat.
  3. Transfer to a greased shallow 3-qt. baking dish. Melt remaining butter; toss with bread crumbs and parsley. Sprinkle over macaroni. Bake, uncovered, 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Company Mac and Cheese in Taste of Home June/July 1999, p29

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 453 calories, 30 g fat (19 g saturated fat), 92 mg cholesterol, 623 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 15 g protein.

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Sep. 2, 2015

"I just made this. Number 1 recipe on my search. It was so easy to make, I cant believe I didnt do it before this. I forgot the cream cheese when I went to the store and used sour cream instead. It was very good I wish I had used the whole 16oz box of macaroni as it was very cheesy. I had ritz crackers and used them as the topping, they were very good."

Reviewed Feb. 25, 2015

"This is an excellent mac and cheese recipe. Everyone I've made it for just loves it, including me!. I leave out the spicy mustard, though. True comfort food! Thanks for sharing."

Reviewed Jan. 21, 2015

"This was very good! If you want creaminess, this is the recipe. I made it according to directions except I added a medium chopped onion. (I doubled the recipe). The only thing I didn't care for was the spicy mustard. It gave it an odd taste, but my husband and daughter loved it. Other than the mustard, this is now my new mac n cheese recipe."

Reviewed Jan. 20, 2015

"I made this and was a little disappointed. I wanted some taste to it. I also want a macncheese that doesn't set up like a rock when it starts to cool off."

Reviewed Nov. 27, 2014

"This is the absolute best Mac n cheese. For years I have been making Mac nd cheese with velveeta, butter and milk. It was good, but not great. I did tweak it by adding more pasta, and more sharp cheddar. I use penne pasta my kiddos love the burst of cheese in the middle. For those people that are experiencing mealy cheese. You have to melt the butter and roux the flour then slowly add the milk then add the cheeses. Thanks for this delicious recipe!!#"

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