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Double-Cheese Macaroni Recipe

Double-Cheese Macaroni Recipe

A friend passed this recipe on to me and I made some changes that created this definite crowd pleaser. I make it for every family get-together and I haven't found anyone, child or adult, who doesn't love this ooey, gooey macaroni and cheese. —Sabrina DeWitt, Cumberland, Maryland
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. YIELD:12 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) elbow macaroni
  • 3 cups (24 ounces) 4% cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 3 cups half-and-half cream
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 4 cups (16 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted


  • 1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, place cottage cheese in a food processor; cover and process until smooth. Set aside.
  • 2. In a large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in the flour, salt, pepper and garlic salt until smooth. Gradually add cream and milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • 3. Drain macaroni; transfer to a large bowl. Add the cheddar cheese, cottage cheese and white sauce; toss to coat. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. (Dish will be full.) Combine bread crumbs and butter; sprinkle over the top.
  • 4. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly. Yield: 12 servings (1 cup each).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 681 calories, 37g fat (24g saturated fat), 136mg cholesterol, 1251mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 2g fiber), 34g protein.

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ToriLeigh User ID: 4507767 255267
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2016

"Absolutely scrumptious! I made this for a baby shower I gave yesterday. It was a HUGE hit. Didn't have as much as a crumb left and everyone wanted the recipe! Yayyy I couldn't be happier the shower went so well. This is a recipe for special occasions due to it's high fat and salt content. I did leave the 1 tsp of salt out as cheese is so salty. It's not a recipe to be made weekly but I surely will make this again. Everything in moderation! YUM"

ebohuch User ID: 8820941 255200
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2016

"My sister-in-law absolutely raved when I made this. It is so good. I didn't change a thing."

mrsoak User ID: 1995667 244137
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2016

"Perfect. I make it exactly according to recipe, w/o garlic for my daughter, w/fresh garlic and shaved truffles for adults. All delicious. I use small curd cottage cheese and do not use food processor. I make this every week with ham or BBQ chicken. Kids love it. Recipe easily doubles. Reheats beautifully. I find that using one quart carton of half and half and omitting the milk works very well."

SusieOFoodie User ID: 1380907 241648
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2016

"I made this when it was first published a few years ago and keep coming back to it. It is creamy and delicious. If you like greasy rubbery mac n' cheese, this isn't for you! It's texture and taste are similar to Stouffers macaroni and cheese. I have played around with the recipe a lot, and it always turns out great. Such as I buy half & half in the 2 cup container, so then I'll do 2 cups milk. It is easy to cut in the recipe in half, and it still makes a ton! I never do the topping, as others have stated the crunchy/creamy doesn't work well here. This is a great make ahead dish. I put the cottage cheese in my blender, works like a charm."

vewebber58 User ID: 998755 235549
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2015

"This was OK....not like the macaroni and cheese I'm more familiar with that has melted cheese all the way through. I'm not wild about the white sauce used here....too tangy for my taste, with the added cottage cheese, and the flavor of the sharp cheddar cheese is lost. We'll eat it because we don't waste food, but I'll stick with the more traditional....what I consider southern style .......mac and cheese from now on. (The "Triple Cheese Macaroni" recipe here at TOH is terrific!!) I just wanted to find some more recipes for one of my favorite comfort foods that were also wonderful. Disappointing, because I ear-marked several to try, and this was the first one."

kimwarman User ID: 8553665 233793
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2015

"We are a family of 6 and this recipe was more than enough. If I make this again, I'm going to cut the ingredients in half. My husband loved it, I liked it, but the kids still like the mac and cheese from the box. Instead of bread crumbs on top of the whole dish, I wanted to try different toppings. So I did 1/3 Ritz crackers and butter, 1/3 bacon bits and the other 1/3 plain. Plain was boring, but the other two were pretty good."

azchica User ID: 8530355 232498
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2015

"I made this yesterday. It was super easy and absolutely the most delicious mac and cheese that I have ever tasted. The kids had 3 servings each! I didn't use the topping, it's perfect without it. I also substituted ground black pepper instead of white pepper. I'm going to try adding green chiles to it to give it a little kick. Love, love this recipe!"

vstern User ID: 4035754 232270
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2015

"Was very hot and didn't want to have the oven on, so I made this on stove top. Omitted the crumbs on top.i cut the recipe in half. Husband and I both had seconds. Very yummy!"

denisestacie User ID: 7941861 227152
Reviewed May. 30, 2015

"Made this for my family (very picky family!) and was given thumbs-up from all :)

I did substitute buttermilk for half-and-half as this is what I had in the fridge, and it came out gooey, creamy, and very rich! Definitely will make again, though I will skip the breadcrumb topping as it fell flat in taste and had a weird texture."

mrdestiny04 User ID: 8227581 222019
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2015

"I've tried many Mac n Cheese receipes and this is the family's favorite. I Make

this and break it down into individual portions and freeze it. I can't rave enough on who good it is.
Long Island, N.Y."

Buttahfly User ID: 8158305 215330
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2014

"Great recipe! I found this recipe in the magazine a few years back and it has become a family favorite. I make it now for every holiday occasion and pot lucks."

patriffe User ID: 8146834 214545
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2014

"Very easy to prepare and delicious! We added a bit more salt and fresh ground black pepper."

hamhock32 User ID: 7001222 97852
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2014

"Simple and fantastic."

Melannie User ID: 7595199 156002
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2014

"We all loved it. No more searching for the perfect macaroni and cheese recipe for me as this is it! Did not make the topping."

luvcheese3 User ID: 7121885 168637
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2013

"I first made this in March of 2009. I had been trying to find a macaroni and cheese that my family liked, but recipe after recipe left us disappointed. One main discovery was that we really disliked macaroni and cheese made with eggs! This is tried and true, our treasured favorite! It has become a staple on the major holidays. The only thing we changed was that we don't make the topping. Instead, our family likes it better when I simply spray a sheet of foil with cooking spray and cover the dish and cook it that way."

domino2469 User ID: 6847973 96816
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2013

"I made this dish tonight and sorry to say I will never make it again. I followed the directions perfectly however there seemed to be way to much sauce to mac ratio. The taste is very bland so I added crispy bacon on top for a bit more flavor still didn't save this monster. I am just sorry I wasted all that money,time and ingredients on something that will be trash."

220Conant User ID: 3933358 107304
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2013

"I've been making this since it was published back in 2011 and everyone I make this for absolutely raves. And I'm constantly asked for the recipe by many!"

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 80051
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2012

"Made it for Easter and everyone loved it!"

fedean User ID: 1332881 80050
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2011

"This is the best of the best"

slug9000 User ID: 3827284 153614
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2011

"I enjoyed this recipe very much! I am only giving it four stars because a.) it used a lot of dishes, and b.) it's long on cottage cheese. If I make it again, I will reduce the cottage cheese. I am normally a huge fan of using cottage cheese in casserole dishes, but I think this was just a lot of cottage cheese. Still delicious, though! I used seasoned whole wheat bread crumbs on mine. I also used whipped cottage cheese - I can't bother with busting out the blender to make dinner! :-]

Additionally, I really do think folks shouldn't rate recipes if they have a beef with the ingredients. I myself don't eat most meats, but I wouldn't rail on a sausage recipe just because I don't care for sausage. There are ways to adjust most recipes to suit your needs. You can use reduced- or non-fat ingredients, alternate protein sources, etc."

LMIrelan User ID: 4333268 154090
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2011

"My family loves this. We have made it over and over again. We have even made this ahead of time to take camping and then reheated it in the dutch oven. YUM!"

mrs.rath User ID: 5443537 154089
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2011

"this was very good right out of the oven, but because i only had 2 1/2 c of half & half, when it was put in the fridge it was a cheesy chunk.... i will for sure try it again but i will make sure i have enough half & half this time....and will probably only use 1/2 of the bread crumb topping, it was a little too much for us! still good though!"

digitalSuzi User ID: 1534472 154087
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2010

"I made this with a different kind of pasta and it came out great! I had to swap out the half-and-half with heavy cream and milk (didn't have enough of either) and it still came out. I thought it was very easy to make too!"

jodand User ID: 3887658 171899
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2010

"This was really really good! I added a bit of red pepper to the white sauce to spice it up a bit. Will definitely make this again."

SunfireAngie13 User ID: 4752677 153611
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2010

"this is the BEST macaroni and cheese I have ever eaten! YUM! The only change I made to it was to use spiral macaroni instead of helped to hold the cheesy goodness to the noodles! =) The family raved over it and insisted I make it again. Honestly, this was my first attempt at making home-made mac 'n cheese and I am so glad I found this recipe to use."

fun2crop User ID: 1103383 156001
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2010

"Actually, 16 oz. of cheese is 4 cups... check the package of shredded cheese. The 8oz. packages are 2 cups - 16oz. packages are 4 cups."

kellysbonnie User ID: 1279547 171895
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2010

"4 cups of shredded cheese is 32 ounces, not 16."

maggieaw User ID: 4163584 169442
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2010

"YUM! This is a great Mac and cheese. I am with the other posters, if you dont like the fat- sodium- sugar or whatever content dont make it. We all read the ingredients before making and then its a choice. I personally love to get new recipes and try them, I enjoy Taste of Home so much for the variety and tried and true recipes people share. A good review should be about taste or ease or a good suggestion on how to improve it. (after you have actually made it!)"

SueFla User ID: 2076413 168575
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2010

"Amen, Bren! I'm about ready to "unsubscribe" to what used to be one of my favorite sites. Get a grip, people....If it's not to your "liking", scroll on by.....don't bore the rest of us with your whining."

Bren718 User ID: 4290331 97851
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2010

"Recipies should not be criticized nor rated unless you try them. No one wants to hear your comments about fat and calories. That is a personal judgement and choice."

T-Dub User ID: 3821932 166982
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2010

"I'm in heaven -- one of the best comfort foods ever. Tastes the way mac & cheese did before the days of diets and KD! Family added their own extra seasonings if they wanted some extra kick. We give it a big thumbs up!"

catlinrose User ID: 3367133 97850
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2010

"I used sharp cheddar & prepared mustard. Everyone loved it at the church carry in. My husband a true mac & cheese lover said it was one the best. I will make again"

GrammyGarl User ID: 4370033 209157
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2010

"Oops, wanted to add: I left off the topping and it cooked up very nicely with a slightly browned crust around the edges. I used medium shells instead of elbows just cuz I like them, they worked well. And, like others have mentioned, I also used extra sharp cheddar which gave it a really rich cheesy flavor."

GrammyGarl User ID: 4370033 96815
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2010

"Even though I love mac&cheese I'm pretty picky about it as well. This was great!! With my blender I had to add a bit of milk to cream the cottage cheese. And I didn't watch the sauce as closely as I should have, it got a few small lumps on the bottom. I thought it was really easy to make despite having to wash up a bit more. Next time I'm going to add bits of stewed tomatoes, or ham. Even though the recipe is high in fat/salt it's worth it. Besides just eat a small amount to make it fit into your diet, or have it only once in a while as a treat. Definitely a keeper for me! :)"

Qnoftheryche User ID: 4033862 97847
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2010

"Instead of being critical, why not suggest changing the ingredients somewhat to the lesser fat versions. Why must everyone be so down?"

lynni350 User ID: 3979286 153598
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2010

"why do people give a review on something they didn't even make let alone try? OK so it's full of fat and salt..and all the yummy things that are SUPPOSED to be in mac and cheese... LOOKS YUMMY!!"

catlinrose User ID: 3367133 99254
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2010

"I am tired of all the negative comments. No one is making this recipe every night and NOT everyone is on a restricted diet. A simple not for me is enough!!"

sdipiazza User ID: 2106899 171894
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2010

"The saturated fat, sodium and calories alone would prevent me from even trying this dish."

resm2007 User ID: 2449656 168571
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2010

"This looks like a heart attack waiting to happen! I felt sick just reading the nutrition lists! Sorry, but it might taste good, but would you live to pass it on to anybody!"

njgigi User ID: 1582281 209156
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2010

"I can't believe that no one mentioned the high calories and sodium levels. This would be almost a whole day's salt intake. Not great for someone who is watching salt intake. Sorry, this gets two thumbsd down."

jkrausz17 User ID: 4318603 168636
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2010

"My family love love loves this recipe! Everytime I make it I have people ask me for the recipe! It is always a hit! Great spin on Mac and cheese"

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 168570
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2010

"This is one of the best macaroni and cheese recipes that I've ever had. I used extra sharp cheddar."

bameiboo User ID: 2470958 169405
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2010

"Most people would have liked this if they pureed the cottage cheese until there were no lumps. The end result was a creamy texture one would expect from mac and cheese. If they didn't use sharp cheddar I can see why they might not like it. The only complaint I have is it wasn't cheesy enough and next time I will use an extra sharp high quality cheese. I reheated it for lunch, added a slash of milk and more sharp cheddar and it was even better than last night. I served this with Meatloaf burgers(from this sight read that review too).by the way I halved the recipe and heated the milk sauce, cottage puree and cheddar cheese until it was combined before adding it to the noodles."

Laurie Karns User ID: 4760832 156000
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2010

"Very simple dish, nice appearance and my daughter claims it's the best macaroni and cheese I've ever made. I will make this again!"

kcjohns User ID: 3715040 96813
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2010

"Great recipe.. I had it at a huge family potluck and hunted up who brought it and had to get the recipe. Its a great hit for just my family also. Perfect for any night!"

2008reneeq User ID: 1649419 168527
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2010

"I guess everyone has their own idea of a good macaroni and cheese. This did not please anyone at our large party and we ended up throwing the entire tray away. I was additionally embarrassed because it made so much that I sent some over to my sick neighbor as well. She will probably never want to eat anything I send to her again."

llrcmclove User ID: 4630328 168632
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2009

"What a delight!!! I read some of the reviews before I made mine. I did add a tsp.of mustard and instead of cottage cheese I added ricotta cheese with 1/4cup parm.cheese.It was awesome!!! I baked individual servings in glass ovenproof bowls and topped with fillo dough.....i will make over and over again..thanks"

tkarinas User ID: 4389335 71888
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2009

"Macaroni and cheese is not normally something we eat and this one simply did not turn out the way we wanted it to. This is not a keeper recipe for us."

readyrid User ID: 1363624 96812
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2009

"This is truly a keeper for all my kids and visitors too."

paula6 User ID: 4589898 153595
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2009

"Very good. Very rich. All my kids gave this a thumbs up. My mom asked me to make it for our holiday get together. I used the same pot that i boiled macaroni in to make sauce and mix everything together to save dishes. I just left the macaroni in the collander while making the sauce. I used sharp cheddar and omited the topping. Next time i might add a bit of mustard."

paula6 User ID: 4589898 168240
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2009

"All ny kids gave this a thumbs up. My Mom asked me to make it again for our holiday brunch.I did things my own way to save dishes. Like leave the macaroni in the collander while making the sauce in the same pot i boiled the macaroni in and mix everthing together in that same pot.Would definetly make this again."

adamray7 User ID: 4479187 80040
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2009

"This recipe was a big disappointment. Mac and cheese is my favorite food so I am always looking for a new recipe to try. This sounded absolutely wonderful, however the taste was just not there. Even with the sharp cheddar there was little flavor. The texture was also strange, possibly from using the cottage cheese. My children did not like this and I think it was because of the texture. I will not make this again. Nor would I recommend it."

hjwoodward User ID: 826879 154057
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2009

"Comfort food lovers rejoice! This is my new staple mac and cheese. Just be sure to spend hours at the gym the next day. Lol. :)"

gsut User ID: 4007772 154054
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2009

"This was an awesome dish. Next time, I'm going to change to 1/2 sharp and mild cheddar and add some very fine diced onion. I'll cook the onion in the butter till translucent then add flour. Worth the money for the ingredients. My children loved it"

tstanner User ID: 3691081 168228
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2009

"I love macaroni and cheese, it's the greatest comfort food and this one is so rich and creamy. I love it as leftovers."

gatekeeperwithjoy User ID: 4187066 107302
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2009

"my children beg me to make this almost daily lol. it is a hit!!!"

wiscook User ID: 1143528 99253
Reviewed May. 17, 2009

"very good, definitely not from the healthy cooking magazine"

hunter6295 User ID: 1021074 153594
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2009 Edited Apr. 23, 2011

"The second time I made it I used sharp cheddar and a teaspoon of dry mustard. Tasted even better."

bj6503 User ID: 2503656 171891
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2009

"This is VERY good, a little pricey! But then again not compared to others that call for more expensive cheeses! It also makes A LOT, so you should really love mac-n-cheese,lol.It would be great to take to a pot luck,( except for the cost)I don't like to waste anything so if I saw someone throwing this away I would not be happy! I also used several pots, bowls cups etc.. but the taste was very creamy and it turned out perfect. I might not use bread crumbs next time,one family member didn't care for that,be sides it's loaded with calories already,ha. This is a keeper, THANK YOU Sabrina :)"

Filomali User ID: 3704732 171889
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2009

"This is very creamy with a hint of garlic. I made half the recipe and found the pasta swimming in sauce, so I had to cook more pasta to add to the sauce. Ended up with a whole lot of mac n cheese."

pixiepink User ID: 2161670 80039
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2008

"Tried this last night and was a HUGE hit with everyone. I used low-fat cottage, fat-free half & half and reduced fat cheddar but still very yummy! Not sure why you have to use a blender I used the saucepan to make the white sauce and then added that to my drained pasta in the pot I used to boil it in. Three dishes to clean including the cassarole dish...I never used a blender as suggested for the cottage cheese but it wasn't needed. Adding this to my keeper file thanks so much for sharing :)"

sunflowersnc User ID: 2905806 107292
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2008

"RICH and creamy. I found it to be complicated - mostly because you dirty a lot of dishes incl. a blender to make it and you have to wait for and watch the white sauce so closely that I found myself getting frustrated. And then a sink full of dishes at the end. It tasted good reheated, but so rich I could only bear one helping. The topping is really rich, would omit that next time."

distsecy User ID: 1024751 96811
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2008

"This dish is great. I used sharp cheddar cheese and omitted the topping."

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