Rich 'n' Cheesy Macaroni Recipe
- 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
- 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.
1 cup: 508 calories, 31g fat (20g saturated fat), 101mg cholesterol, 1109mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 23g protein
Reviews for Rich 'n' Cheesy Macaroni
"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 agree...it is awesome!"
"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!"
"absolutely superbly delicious"
"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?"
"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:)"
"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!"
"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!"
"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!"
"This is our absolute favorite macaroni and cheese recipe! Everyone who tries it just raves!"
"Oh. My. Goodness. This is Sooo good! I've been looking for a good mac & cheese recipe and I FOUND IT! Yum! I mixed everything together before I put the cheddar cheese on top.like I said - YUM!!!"
"While not low fat - wonderful - just like mom used to make. Loved it!! I think after making this, my son will never let me make a box of mac and cheese again, though."
"This was the BEST macaroni and cheese I've ever made!!!"
"This is the best homemade mac and cheese I have ever made. My children won't eat any other type now."
"I have made this recipe 3 or 4 times. I use a little less cottage cheese than what the recipe calls for and I mix most of the cheddar in with the velveeta. My family loves it."
"I make this recipe all the time, and each time I have several people who ask for the recipe. I use Panko bread crumbs for the topping, and I also mix in about half of the cheddar cheese, because it seems like too much to put on the top."
"Great recipe. My children loved it. This one is a keeper!"
"Even the kids wouldn't eat it! This recipe was too creamy with not enough noodles. In the end it was like one big pan of cheese soup. The cheese sauce was way to creamy IMO. It lacked a "cheese" flavor as well."
"Everyone in my family loved it! I used reduced fat sour cream and 1% cottage cheese and still very creamy and absolutely delicious!"
"This recipe sounds promising, but I want to cut down the sodium if I can. Any suggestions?"
"I made this last night for dinner with meatloaf. It was so easy and it was absolutely delicious. I left it in the oven a little longer than the 30 minutes as stated in the recipie and it was bubbly and the breadcrumbs were just a little cripsy. Everyone loved it!"
"my sister made this dish for Christmas dinner. AMAZING!!! best mac n cheese i've ever tasted. don't change a thing - perfect the way it is."
"This was delicious! I was out of cottage cheese so I had to omit it but it still turned out great! I used pumpernickle/rye marble bread for the crumbs and a blend of sharp cheddar and colby for the shredded cheddar. Rich, creamy and comforting. Will definitely try it again."
"I lost my recipe for macaroni & cheese a while back. Been looking for a new one. This isn't the same, but it is very good."
"This is a favorite everywhere I take it!! My son LOVES it!! It is so Yummy!!"
"YUM!! Very good! Whole family enjoyed it...even my grandmother had a second helping! I halved the recipe which made a round glass dish size...can't remember what size those are. I only used about a Tbl of plain bread crumbs because I usually don't care for them, but the few I used on top of this recipe made a nice crispy crust. I used reduced fat everything, & both whole wheat flour & macaroni."
"It was very good but a little rich. I wasn't too fond of the cottage cheese so I think I'll try a different type of cheese next time"
"Just made this for Thanksgiving and EVERYONE loved it. I used reduced 1% milk, 2% velveeta, low fat cottage cheese and reduced fat sour cream and it was very creamy and rich. Definitely a crowd pleaser"
"Excellent! I've made this 3 times now in the last few months. I use 2 percent Velveeta cheese, low-fat cottage cheese, and low-fat milk, and it is still great. I prefer it without the bread crumbs on top and save 1/2 of the sharp cheddar for the topping instead."
"While this is not my favorite mac n cheese recipe, it is very good. It's rich, but everyone loved it."
"I found it to be very rich. It wasn't my favourite mac and cheese recipe"
"AWESOMELY SWELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!This macaroni is my favorite. wonderful, wonderful."
"my mom made this and she had to make more b4 everyone got there"
"I will make this one again..but only add half the amount of sour cream to help with the after taste and maybe more milk to thin it out. It was very rich! Warms up great the next day."
"The recipe taste good but it has a funny aftertaste!"
"This is a wonderful little concoction that's simple and delicious. I love the crunchy top with the bread crumbs. I baked mine in a 9x13 pan and it was the perfect size. Did have to bake it longer though for the top to be slightly browned. 1 hour at 350 was perfect."
"Made this for a family birthday party. It was gobbled up by both kids and adults. I didn't have the Velveeta on hand, so I made it with extra shredded cheddar cheese. It still tasted awesome. This replaces my other homemade mac n' cheese recipes."
"The perfect comfort food for a snowy evening! A hit with my whole family. This may be the best mac and cheese recipe that I have found so far!"
"We loved this recipe! Made it when we had company over and everyone said it was the best mac and cheese they had had!"
"A lot of ingredients. It was not cheesy & was a bit dry. I was very disappointed that I made this for Christmas this year."
"Great recipe! I mixed in 1/2 the sharp cheddar and put the other 1/2 on top. I liked it better without the bread crumbs."
"Very good! Rich and creamy! I thought maybe the cottage cheese would give it strange texture that my kids might not like - but it was perfect! I did not use bread crumbs and I mixed the sharp cheddar in with the velveeta. I dont care for the sharp cheddar to be sprinkled directly on top. This is a keeper. I will use it again and again! Sour cream really gives it a flavor boost too!"
"Just too rich for us..."
"liked alot but i would add some chicken or hamburger"
"I made this for my son's 2nd birthday and it was a big hit with the kids and an even bigger hit with the adults!"
"This is an unbelievable macaroni and cheese recipe. My family insists that I make this dish for every party. It takes a little bit of time, but it is so worth it. You will receive many praises!"
"Alternative to bread crumbs (which I didn't have): Substitue with smashed up Ritz crackers."
"JARH-it is in the first line of the second paragraph."
"The recipe does not tell you to stir in velveeta cheese?"
"Have made this a dozen times - it's a favorite!"
"This is the best mac and cheese ever. My family loves it."