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Company Mac and Cheese

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.

Makes

8 servings

This is by far the creamiest, tastiest and most special macaroni and cheese I have ever tried. I'm not usually a fan of the homemade kind, but when a friend served this mac and cheese with cream cheese, I had to have the recipe. Since it's so little fuss and well received, it's a terrific potluck dish. —Catherine Odgen, Middlegrove, New York
Company Mac and Cheese Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1-3/4 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 teaspoons spicy brown mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, melt 4 tablespoons butter in a large saucepan. Stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes.
  2. Reduce heat; add cheeses, mustard, salt and pepper. Stir until cheese is melted and sauce is smooth. Drain macaroni; add to cheese sauce and stir to coat.
  3. Transfer to a greased shallow 3-qt. or 13x9-in. baking dish. Melt remaining butter; toss with bread crumbs and parsley. Sprinkle over macaroni. Bake, uncovered, until golden brown, 15-20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 468 calories, 31g fat (18g saturated fat), 86mg cholesterol, 604mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 15g protein.

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  • wintermom9597
    Jan 9, 2021

    Loved it! Easy, delicious comfort food.

  • parelius
    Nov 19, 2020

    Very easy- added shrimp- very similar if not as good as the lobster mac and cheese at a local restaurant.

  • Audra
    Oct 12, 2020

    Found this recipe a month ago, and have made it twice now. My family loves it, and it holds up very well for leftovers the next day! I made it spicy the first time, and now we had it true to recipe. Love it!

  • rwippel
    May 29, 2020

    This is an excellent creamy Mac

  • Margaret
    May 18, 2020

    My family loved this! It was so good. I did add about 1/2 cup more cheese to the sauce; I used sharp cheddar. I cooked a full 1 lb box of macaroni pasta and used at least 80% of it- I kept adding to pasta u til it wasn’t overly saucy. I also added a handful more sharp cheddar to the pasta when I mixed in the sauce and I used Panko and dried parsley for the topping. It was super good and made a full 9x13 pan!

  • Darlene
    Aug 10, 2019

    IT WAS DELICIOUS. THANKS SO MUCH. I like a little spice, so I added some jalapeno jar peppers plus, parmesan/Romano cheese to the sauce. Also, I added some salt and garlic powder to the breadcrumbs, and topped the breadcrumbs off with a little parmesan cheese. Awesome!

  • Tobreth
    Jan 7, 2019

    Nice. I could maybe use a full Tablespoon of the brown mustard. I didn't have whole milk so used 1 cup chicken broth and one cup cream. Sub'd with the cheese we have on hand which is mexican blend. I would recommend only 1/2 cup bread crumbs and increasing noodles to maybe 10 ounces.

  • pikefamily
    Apr 19, 2018

    This was not good or at least my idea of Mac and Cheese. The cream cheese along with the flour butter, made it like paste. I added more and more milk to get the consistency thinner, but to no use. I literally threw it out. The raccoons liked it!

  • snker0521
    Apr 13, 2018

    My family loves this Mac and cheese. We may not always use elbow macaroni and we always use panko instead of bread crumbs for a crisper top, but otherwise it stays pretty much the same. Never any leftovers.

  • barbara
    Feb 17, 2018

    Quick to fix and my grandsons (8 & 10) really liked it.