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Rich ‘n’ Cheesy Macaroni

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


  • 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 whole milk
  • 8 ounces process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
  • 1-1/3 cups Daisy 4% cottage cheese
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups soft bread crumbs


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 508 calories, 31g fat (20g saturated fat), 101mg cholesterol, 1109mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 23g protein.

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  • IND4250
    Dec 27, 2019

    The best mac and cheese EVER!! I have taken this to potlucks for years and people always (1) clean out the dish and (2) ask for the recipe. Even kids who grew up on boxed mixes (and generally turn up their noses at "real" mac and cheese) love this recipe. It is not dry and no one ever suspects there is cottage cheese and sour cream in the mix.

  • CarrieBerry4Chad
    Aug 16, 2019

    I have made this mac

  • Psalm127-3
    Dec 22, 2017

    ok so our daughter wants me to make mac&cheese as part of Christmas dinner so I want it to be spectacular. my only concern is with texture > cottage cheese?my question: does it melt or stay the cottage cheese texture? I can make ricotta from scratch if need be ~will have same moisture effect-thanks in advance for speedy answer ;:-}

  • katlaydee3
    Jun 29, 2017

    Delicious! I loved this recipe! I made one change which was to use ricotta instead of cottage cheese.

  • 2124arizona
    May 8, 2017

    This is an unbelievable and cheese recipe!!

  • Teresalovescooking
    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.
    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
    Dec 25, 2013

    absolutely superbly delicious

  • schmutzie
    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
    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:)