Side Dish

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Rating 5.0
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ingredients
15
steps
5
time
35m
This creamy macaroni and cheese recipe is a family favorite. The sauce is simmered with six different types of cheese and is guaranteed to be cheesy, flavorful and rich.
time
35m
ingredients
15
yield
12 servings
Servings:
12
2 cup(s)
whole milk
2 cup(s)
heavy cream
1 tblsp
salt
2 tblsp
sugar
1 tblsp
chicken base
1 tblsp
hot sauce
4 oz
cream cheese
4 oz
mild cheddar cheese
4 oz
Emmentaler cheese
4 oz
American cheese
4 oz
Parmesan or asiago
4 oz
Velveeta
1 lb
diced pancetta, cooked
cornstarch slurry, as needed (see notes)
2 lb
macaroni, cooked to al dente
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Step 1
Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a large saucepan, simmer the milk, cream, salt, sugar, chicken base and hot sauce together.
Step 2
Mix in all the cheeses together and thicken with the slurry until the sauce coats the back of a spoon thinly.
Step 3
Fold in the pancetta.
Step 4
Add the macaroni to the cheese sauce. Transfer the macaroni to a casserole dish and bake at 350°F until the mixture becomes bubbly and slightly browned, about 15-20 minutes.
Step 5
Serve immediately. Pair your creamy macaroni and cheese with any main course. Enjoy!

Notes:

  • For the cornstarch slurry:
    • A cornstarch slurry is a mixture of equal parts cornstarch and cold water used to thicken liquids. 
      • Mix 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of cold water until smooth.
      • Whisk in a tablespoon of slurry to the simmering sauce. Bring it to a boil and simmer for a minute to thicken. 
      • If a thicker sauce is desired, add another tablespoon of the slurry and repeat it again.
  • For a crispy topping, add buttered bread crumbs on top of the macaroni and cheese before baking.

Nutrition Per Serving
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CALORIES
819
FAT
48.8 g
PROTEIN
28.7 g
CARBS
65.3 g
Chef Robert
Chef Robert is a certified Chef de Cuisine, registered dietitian and published cookbook author who enjoys creating epicurean delights with his wife in their Denver-area residence. He believes it is important for professional and home chefs alike to understand the chemical reactions in cooking. Join Chef Robert to explore the endless possibilities of artistry and science!

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