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Easy Homemade Mac 'N Cheese

Updated on April 12, 2013
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Tasty and easy homemade macaroni and cheese
Tasty and easy homemade macaroni and cheese | Source
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I was in the mood for a good dish of macaroni and cheese the other day and I happened to have some Velveeta in the fridge. I do not normally have Velveeta in the house. This had been used for a special recipe and there was a little of it left over. I decided to take advantage of the situation and make myself some velvety, homemade mac 'n cheese. I like the boxed stuff, too, on occasion, but I do not eat it often.

I used to make mac 'n cheese with Velveeta about 5 years ago, when my kids were younger. I did not add any salt or pepper to it back then, just milk and butter. I have not taken the time to make it that way in a while because my kids decided they liked the boxed macaroni and cheese version better. I just sort of stopped buying and using Velveeta. I did not grow up with it so I did not miss it, but my husband did and he had a special request recipe a few weeks back, so he brought the Velveeta home from the store. We actually made really good queso dip with it.

Anyway, this version of mac 'n cheese is so simple and only takes about 15 - 20 minutes altogether, it really just depends on your cooling time. I would suggest you cut the Velveeta into cubes so it melts more quickly. The mozzarella definitely melts very well into this mac 'n cheese, too. It is extremely smooth and creamy when it is done. I hope you enjoy this wonderful, comforting and quick meal of homemade mac 'n cheese!

everything you need to make delicious mac 'n cheese
everything you need to make delicious mac 'n cheese | Source
Velveeta cheese cubed and shredded mozarella
Velveeta cheese cubed and shredded mozarella | Source
cheeses, milk and spices added to cooked macaroni
cheeses, milk and spices added to cooked macaroni | Source
heat on low until cheese melts and sauce thickens a bit
heat on low until cheese melts and sauce thickens a bit | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: serves four

Ingredients

  • 8 oz elbow macaroni, cooked according to label
  • 4 oz Velveeta cheese, cubed
  • 2 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt, freshly ground
  • 1/4 tsp pepper, freshly ground

How to Make It

  1. Cook the macaroni according to package instructions. Mine had to boil for 8-10 minutes (it actually went the whole 10 minutes), if you use whole grain macaroni it can take even longer. I then drained, but did not rinse, the noodles.
  2. Place the cooked macaroni back into the pot on the stove. Turn the heat onto low. Add in the milk, butter, salt and pepper. Add the cheeses and continue stirring. You could add some cheddar cheese to give the sauce a little more sharpness if you like. I left it out of mine, since I was really trying to get my kids to eat homemade mac 'n cheese again. It has been a very long time since I made it.
  3. Heat the macaroni noodles and the cheeses until the cheeses completely melt. Keep stirring continually over the heat and the sauce will begin to thicken. This should only take a couple of minutes.
  4. Let cool slightly, especially for kids, and serve. We sometimes put hot dogs and ketchup in mac 'n cheese, which my son did and he absolutely loved it. My daughter still likes the boxed mac 'n cheese better, she only took a couple of bites, but I'll take one kid loving my meal any day! Hope you enjoy my ridiculously easy mac 'n cheese.

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    Amber Dahnke 3 years ago from New Glarus, WI

    It really is, and it is completely delicious. I will add that I only buy block cheese now and I shred all of my own cheese for everything. I have learned the chemicals put into the pre-shredded cheeses to keep them from sticking are related to plastic and I personally feel we have enough exposure to plastic as it is. Hope you love this version of mac 'n cheese!

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    Robie Benve 3 years ago from Ohio

    Looks great and much healthier than the boxed ones! :)

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    Amber Dahnke 4 years ago from New Glarus, WI

    I do not usually indulge in mac 'n cheese, but this is really worth it sometimes. It is so creamy and tasty, hope you like my version, teaches!

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    Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

    On my, now this is making me hungry. Love your recipe idea and one that I must try very soon.

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    Amber Dahnke 4 years ago from New Glarus, WI

    I hope you enjoy this recipe. I really love it, it's been so long since I made it this way and the mac 'n cheese was sooooo good.

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    Amber Dahnke 4 years ago from New Glarus, WI

    This is a really easy, really yummy recipe. Most kids will love it, I was actually sad I didn't make more so I could have a second helping myself, so I might double the recipe next time,

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    Dil Vil 4 years ago from India

    Good recipe, thanks for sharing. I will try this for sure.

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    Virginia Kearney 4 years ago from United States

    Thanks for the recipe. I've been wanting to know how to do homemade mac and cheese better. We actually make queso all the time using sliced cheese--my kids call it "flat cheese" that is individually wrapped and a little milk. My kids like the queso without the hot sauce and will eat a whole bag of chips with this for a snack. I had not thought about velveta for mac and cheese. I think they'd like that. I especially like the hint about cooking it on the stove.