Rich 'n' Cheesy Macaroni Recipe
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Rich 'n' Cheesy Macaroni Recipe

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This delicious dish puts a new twist on traditional macaroni and cheese. The three different cheese flavors blend wonderfully. Plus, it's easy to prepare—I plan to make it often when husband Ken and I start traveling.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 2-1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 8 ounces process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
  • 1-1/3 cups 4% cottage cheese
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups soft bread crumbs

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 508 calories, 31g fat (20g saturated fat), 101mg cholesterol, 1109mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 23g protein.


  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain. Place in a greased 2-1/2-qt. baking dish. In a saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons butter. Stir in the flour, salt and sugar until smooth. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  2. Reduce heat; stir in American cheese until melted. Stir in cottage cheese and sour cream. Pour over macaroni. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Melt remaining butter and toss with bread crumbs; sprinkle over top.
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Rich 'N' Cheesy Macaroni in Country Woman January/February 2001, p29

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2124arizona User ID: 845443 265727
Reviewed May. 8, 2017

"This is an unbelievable and cheese recipe!!"

Teresalovescooking User ID: 7862924 34362
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2014

"Whenever I make this recipe and take it somewhere people rave about it. They will ask for the recipe, which can happen a lot, people say it...but don't necessarily remember. With this recipe they follow up with me and beg for it. I have heard from many that this is the best mac n cheese they have ever had. I is awesome!"

trophywife. User ID: 2596725 204040
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2014

"This mac & cheese is the best. If you're worried about the cottage cheese or sour cream in it because you don't like them, don't worry. You can't tell either one of them is there. I do put them both into my food processor together to make them very smooth before adding to the saucepan. It takes away any cottage cheese texture at all.

I call this my 'super secret mac & cheese recipe' because my husband would not eat it if he knew cottage cheese was in it. I've never told him (and don't plan on ever telling him) and he raves about how good it is every time I make it. The only thing I do differently is instead of sprinkling the cheddar cheese on top I mix it into the dish. I also add some mozzarella. You can't have too much cheese! Try this one, it's the best!"

value User ID: 4053773 85533
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2013

"absolutely superbly delicious"

schmutzie User ID: 1736643 77503
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2013

"I haven't made it yet but I would like to. The only thing is is I despise cottage cheese.

Can you substitute Ricotta cheese instead of cottage cheese in this recipe?"

dicentra01 User ID: 5468213 83874
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2012

"I have made this so many times... It is fantastic!! I don't use the bread crumbs and add a small diced onion. Wow just amazing!! So happy you shared it:)"

stephjooones User ID: 6146558 35064
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2012

"Very good!"

deannasnz User ID: 6542477 30252
Reviewed May. 30, 2012

"I've made this many times and will continue to make it forever. It is incredibly good. Thank you for sharing this recipe with the world!"

Nifftiffniffer User ID: 5844052 34361
Reviewed May. 23, 2012

"I do think this is the best mac & cheese I've eaten. I don't put the breadcrumbs on either. However, I do find I have too much sauce for the macaroni. Next time I will make more macaroni for it. I use a 9x13 since I don't have a 2.5 qt. I also use cut up deli American cheese as per the version I saw in the magazine. Might be a bit cheaper than velvetta and super tasty!"

iptdnoonan User ID: 5790150 83789
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2012

"My, oh my!!! This macaroni & cheese is incredibly yummy and so easy to make. I usually use a whole pound of elbows though. Beware...this stuff's addictive!"

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