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Over-the-Top Mac 'n' Cheese Recipe
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Over-the-Top Mac 'n' Cheese Recipe

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This delicious dish is the ultimate comfort food. A blend of five cheeses, it makes a beautiful entree or a special side. I served it at our Thanksgiving dinner, and it received rave reviews. —Connie L McDowell, Greenwood, Delaware
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:7 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 7 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup shredded Muenster cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon butter, divided
  • 2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup cubed process cheese (Velveeta)
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cup: 585 calories, 33g fat (20g saturated fat), 161mg cholesterol, 550mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 20g protein .

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, combine Muenster, cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses; set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter over medium heat. Stir in cream, eggs, process cheese, seasonings and 1-1/2 cups of cheese mixture. Drain pasta; add to cheese mixture and stir to coat.
  3. Transfer to a greased 2-1/2-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese mixture and dot with remaining butter. Bake, uncovered, until a thermometer reads 160°, 40-45 minutes. Yield: 7 servings.
Originally published as Over-the-Top Mac 'n' Cheese in Country Woman March/April 2007, p29


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dickshad64! 254027
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2016

"I found the finished Mac & Cheese dish to be very dry. When I read the recipe, I could tell that it might be dry, so I increased the amount of half & half by half a cup and increased each cheese by a quarter of a cup. In spite of the increases, it was still dry. I also noted that salt and pepper were the only spices and that despite the variety of cheeses, the taste might be bland. So I added some cayenne pepper and a multiple herb & spice blend. Still, the flavor did not jump off the page at me. This recipe needs a serious overhaul. It's not the wost I've ever made but it certainly is a far cry from the best! If this were a family recipe of mine, I definately would not have posted it!"

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homesickcajun 239060
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2015

"This is for Uldeno. You can substitute Provolone for the Munster, or just use more Monterey Jack. Either one works well as a a substitute for Munster. Hope that helps!"

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uldeno 239027
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2015

"It sounds amazing. I love M&C..... BUT....

Were I live we don't have Muenster cheese.
What can I use instead?
I live in Israel......"

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AuntAg 239002
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2015

"My grandchildren demand I make this every Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner - I add an additional egg and double all the cheeses though - also add more half & half - I baked it till it gets a little brown on top - this way it is crusty on top but dig in and it is so creamy then."

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pajamaangel 96983
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2014

"I didn't find this very creamy as is, either. Maybe using evaporated milk or regular milk instead of half-n-half would have made it creamier. This recipe needs a lot more seasoning as well. I watched my boyfriend sprinkle on the pepper quite a bit. :("

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doylescott 167064
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2013

"this is or was the best mack and cheese I have ever eaten."

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breanne2117 150799
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2013

"This amazing recipe is one of my staples and I am very picky about repeat recipes. I did however change it just a bit. Instead of normal Velveeta I use the white or Blanco as it is labeled on the package. I do not use seasoning salt at all. The cheeses give it enough salt as it is. I do however in place of seasoning salt sprinkle over the top, approximately 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of each: Paprika, Garlic, and Onion Powder. I also add some fresh ground pepper and a generous squeeze of yellow mustard, about 1.5 to 2 Tbsp. It gives it a very subtle kick my family enjoys. I have been cooking since I was 7 and I absolutely love it as well as constant experimenting that fortunately for my family has only been yucky 3 times. Lol. That is a good record for how long I have been cooking for them. (9 years for my family)I am sure I messed up when I was younger but I followed recipes exactly back then. Happy Cooking!"

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sweetmuffit77 150796
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2012

"thought too many cheeses and hard to warm up and still taste like first day. second day too dry."

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vapudelko 152353
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2011

"I actually added a couple of well beaten eggs in with the liquid and mixed in some well drained spinach! I baked until it was set in the center and add more shredded cheese on the top and it was fantastic!"

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peachyme414 126242
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2011

"I followed directions to the letter. It wasn't at all creamy but rather "curdy," for lack of better words and was very bland. I have yet to be successful making homemade mac & cheese and will stick with Stouffer's until I am."

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