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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 serving (1-1/4 cups) equals 585 calories, 33 g fat (20 g saturated fat), 161 mg cholesterol, 550 mg sodium, 51 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 20 g 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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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!"

MY REVIEW
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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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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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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Reviewed Oct. 28, 2013

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

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