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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Betsy's Homemade Mac & Cheese


I mentioned making macaroni and cheese the other week and
Keith asked for the recipe.  I guess those poor Brits don't make
it over there!  It's a staple in this country, especially with kids!
But many people just buy the instant box kind instead of
making it.  This is my own recipe and I've made it for years.
True comfort food!  Yum!



Typical of ooey gooey comfort food, it doesn't really photograph well.
You'll just have to trust me that it's really yummy.
I make a huge pan of it so we can enjoy leftovers for a few days.




This recipe makes a 9x13 plus a 9x9!
But before you try to cut it down to make less,
consider making it all and putting one pan in the freezer
or taking it to another family that needs some encouragement.

Macaroni and Cheese

5 cups elbow macaroni
1 cup cheddar/jack shredded cheese
1 stick butter
1 8 oz pkg cream cheese, quartered
2 cups half and half 
2/3rds large pkg of Velveeta, cubed
1/2 c parmesan

Boil macaroni in salted water
until al dente. (not quite done)
Drain pasta and divide between the two pans, which 
have been greased.  Sprinkle with shredded jack 
blend cheese. Set aside.

In a medium sized sauce pan, melt one stick of butter
on medium heat.  Add cream cheese 
and whisk and melt until smooth.  Add half and half,
Velveeta and Parmesan and whisk until completely melted.
Watch your heat and don't scorch the sauce.
You may need to turn the heat down a bit.

Pour sauce over pasta in pans.
Take a spatula and poke through the pasta
and around the sides of the pan so the sauce sinks
through and completely coats the pasta.

Cover with foil and bake 30 minutes at 350.
Or it can go into the freezer at this point.

Enjoy!




48 comments:

  1. Oh what a yummy recipe. Love that you use all those different cheeses. I think I'll take this to the next Clubhouse Potluck.

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    1. That would be perfect! Put the little one in your freezer and take the big one to the potluck!

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  2. Tanks for that Betsy. I'll give it some thought. I don't eat pasta, so I'll have to think up an alternative.

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    1. Oh, I don't think there would be an alternative. You'll just have to look at it on the screen, then!

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    2. In your original post I didn't know what you meant by "Mac", Here we have a standby dish which is a baked potato filled with 5 different cheeses. Mac = macaroni (Groo!)

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    3. Sorry!

      But your potato dish sounds really yummy! Your turn to share a recipe!

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    4. I can't believe you don't like macaroni! You know, it's been around longer than you have! It's even in the song Yankee Doodle! Oh wait...you probably don't know that song. haha....

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  3. Gosh Betsy . . . that looks truly mouth watering.
    I wonder if I dare try to make some . . . . with my feeble culinary skills it might end up looking like a dog's breakfast . . . :)
    I love all the ingredients but with me mixing them all up I just wonder . . . . lol

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    1. Have you ever really made a recipe you saw online and said you might try it? :)

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    2. Not yet but there will be a first . . . :)

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  4. I love homemade mac and cheese and this sounds just yummy.

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  5. This look absolutely delicious the twins love Mac&cheese Betsy!
    And Keith why you ask the recipe if you dont eat pasta???

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    1. Curiosity. We have a "5 Cheese Bake" here, but it uses baked potato. When I saw the original post I thought that was what it was.

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    2. So was that was;)
      Interesting;)

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    3. My Alex loves it, too! He would eat it all! ha.

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    4. Dito is a fan of mac %cheese I will make this for him!
      Im sure he will love!

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  6. I've tried several recipes but never found the right one. This one looks good, with the velveeta! Thanks!

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    1. I hope you like this one....we love it!

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    1. I bet your kids would like it!...well, you, too! :)

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  8. The Brits must miss out
    Here it everywhere here with a shout

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  9. Oh my. This is comfort food with a capital C. I have never made it from scratch but I think I could do this! Looks sooooo good. Thanks for sharing it.

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    1. There's just something about comfort food! Yum!...especially in the colder seasons!

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  10. We love mac and cheese in our house. Thanks for the recipe. I shall enjoy making this.

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  11. nice....Logan likes it rather milky, so T makes it that way for him on occassion...
    we doa mix of cheeses as well which is very good...

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    1. Is Logan also the one who wants to live on pancakes? ha. I have a few picky eaters....

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  12. I"ve been a bit under the weather these past few days...this is the perfect comfort food. And I have a husband that cooks! (o:

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    1. Well, that's even more perfect if you don't have to make it yourself! ha. Print it off and hand it to him! :)

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  13. Thanks for this, Betsy. We all love it here.

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  14. Looks yum..my daughter's favorite..

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    1. Knowing her, she could make this herself!

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  15. Hi Betsy - looks delicious .. I don't often eat/cook macaroni now-a-days, but as a kid and young adult ..it was delicious. I now eat lots of cauliflower cheese instead ... sometimes with tomato halves ...yours looks very good though - cheers Hilary

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    1. Yum...we love that...or broccoli with cheese

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  16. We certainly have mac & cheese. but where's the bacon? You've got to have it with crispy bacon. BTW I don't know what velveeta is and how much is a stick of butter?

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    1. Bacon on Mac and Cheese sounds like something my oldest would like! A stick is one half cup. You'll have to google velveeta....hope you have something similar

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    2. I find velveeta is a lovely cheese especially to macarons!! I love it!

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    3. Hum. Well, after much reading online I discover that you can't get Velveeta here (except vastly expensive mail order from the US or Canada). That most of the people posting about it think it's not a real cheese at all. And that the recipe for a home-made "dead ringer" of Velveeta sounds utterly disgusting! So I think maybe I will stick with my own mac & cheese recipe. Which doesn't even feature macaroni because I prefer a pasta called messicani (little Mexican hats). You'll have to excuse me: I live in London after all.

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  17. your recipe looks realky good and creamy. I just use the basic one in the Betty Crocker cookbook. There are a lot of folks that have never
    eaten home made Mac 'n cheese. I always feel bad for them but like to bring them over to the other side. All picky eaters seem to like mac n cheese. Taria

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    1. Yes, they need to be brought to the other side...I do agree! ha.

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  18. This looks amazing, Betsy! I never tried putting cream cheese in my mac and cheese--i'll have to try it!

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  19. Oh my gosh, my mouth is watering! I'm pinning this to my recipes in Pinterest. Thanks for sharing.

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