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Two-Cheese Mac 'n Cheese Recipe
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Two-Cheese Mac 'n Cheese Recipe

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A lot of stories claim that mac and cheese was created by Thomas Jefferson, Marco Polo or the cooks of China. My favorite theory? An Italian housewife invented it to introduce non-Italian Americans to macaroni. —Stephanie Sorbie, Glendale, Arizona
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) spiral pasta
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced, optional
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash salt
  • 4 cups 2% milk
  • 5 cups (20 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 cup shredded Asiago cheese

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup equals 331 calories, 17 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 58 mg cholesterol, 306 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 16 g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add garlic if desired; cook and stir for 1 minute. Stir in flour, pepper and salt until blended; cook and stir until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Gradually whisk in milk, stirring until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook 2 minutes longer or until thickened.
  3. Remove from heat. Stir in 4 cups cheddar cheese and Asiago cheese until melted. Mixture will thicken.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°. Drain pasta; stir in cheese sauce. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheddar cheese.
  5. Bake, uncovered, 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Yield: 15 servings.
Originally published as Two-Cheese Mac 'n Cheese in Taste of Home June/July 2012, p38

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Reviewed May. 21, 2016

"Not very good. kind of bland"

Reviewed Jul. 4, 2015

"Delicious Mac n cheese recipe!"

Reviewed Apr. 6, 2015

"I love this mac and cheese! My kids rated 1 out of 5, a million."

Reviewed Jan. 5, 2015

"Fantastic Mac and cheese recipe!"

Reviewed Dec. 9, 2013

"The 6 year old rated 5 stars. Very good recipe Will definitely make this one again."

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