This Creamy Macaroni and Cheese recipe is the only mac and cheese recipe you will ever need. Rich, decadent and super creamy, this Creamy Macaroni and Cheese the perfect comfort food dish!
Three words. Creamy macaroni and cheese.
Well, I guess that’s actually four words. Either way, I have your attention now don’t I? Is there any more of a comfort food in this universe and macaroni and cheese? For anyone who is confused by the question… the answer is no! That’s why this Creamy Macaroni and Cheese recipe is one of my most popular on this website. Because we all love to be a little naughty once in a while…
Creamy Macaroni and Cheese is my go-to for anything that needs either a warm hug or a ridiculous celebration. Had a bad day? Creamy Macaroni and Cheese will solve that. Had a great day and need to celebrate? Creamy Macaroni and Cheese has that too! Good, bad, sad, happy… you name it… Creamy Macaroni and Cheese is the perfect comfort food to add into the mix.
As I have shown in my Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Ham, Guinness Irish Macaroni and Cheese and especially my Fried Salsa Verde Macaroni and Cheese Balls, macaroni and cheese can be done in a variety of ways. This particular recipe is for super creamy macaroni and cheese. This is an easy peasy rich decadent sinful (gasp!) creamy macaroni and cheese casserole dish for the soul. The heart, maybe not so much. If you have a cardiologist on your speed dial you may want to take a smaller portion of this Creamy Macaroni and Cheese but if you have a clean bill of health by all means .. GO WILD!
HOW DO YOU TOP CREAMY MACARONI AND CHEESE?
You can top your Creamy Macaroni and Cheese any way you and your family like. I prefer to top my Creamy Macaroni and Cheese with .. um .. more shredded cheese and bake it until the cheese is all crunchy. You can also top your macaroni and cheese with breadcrumbs mixed with a bit of butter, crumbled Cheez-its or Doritos and even crumbled bacon.
CAN CREAMY MACARONI AND CHEESE BE FROZEN?
Yes! To freeze your Creamy Macaroni and Cheese, transfer the macaroni and cheese to a buttered 9-by-13-inch freezer-to-oven baking dish. Cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil. Bake your macaroni and cheese still frozen and covered with foil at 350° for 1 hour. Remove foil and broil for 2-3 minutes for the crunchy brown cheese topping, if that is what you like. Creamy Macaroni and Cheese can be frozen for up to 2 months.
HOW DO YOU MAKE CREAMY MACARONI AND CHEESE?
Easy! To make Creamy Macaroni and Cheese, start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees. Start by bringing a large pot of salted water to boil and prepare macaroni to box instructions, minus 3 minutes. Drain and set aside. In a large saucepan or skillet, melt butter. Once melted, add in flour and whisk to combine. Cook for 1 minute. Pour in milk and cream and spices. Bring to a low boil, whisking constantly. Once a low boil has been reached, add in cheeses and soup and continue to stir until sauce is creamy and smooth. Combine pasta and sauce and pour Creamy Macaroni and Cheese into a 9 x 13 baking pan. Cook for 20 minutes and remove from oven. Let Creamy Macaroni and Cheese sit 5-10 minutes to set. Serve immediately
This super Creamy Macaroni and Cheese is easy to bring together, super quick to make and throw in the oven and is so creamy that you will want to share this dish with everyone you meet. Or maybe I should say you will want to make a second batch and share THAT with everyone you meet because you definitely are not going to want to share the first casserole dish with anybody, you’re going to want to eat all of that yourself. Either way, believe me, you are going to love this version of mac and cheese.
And for the record, totally not judging on the Creamy Macaroni and Cheese hoarding… not that I’ve ever personally done that.
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Creamy Macaroni and Cheese
- 4 tbl butter
- 4 tbl flour
- 1 1/2 cup whole milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp cayenne powder
- 1 10 oz can condensed cheddar soup
- 2/3 cup parmesan grated
- 12 oz sharp cheddar cheese shredded
- 4 oz swiss cheese
- 16 oz macaroni pasta
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Start by bringing a large pot of salted water to boil and prepare macaroni to box instructions, minus 1 minute. Drain and set aside
- In a large saucepan or skillet, melt butter. Once melted, add in flour and whisk to combine. Cook for 1 minute
- Pour in milk and cream and spices. Bring to a low boil, whisking constantly
- Once a low boil has been reached, add in cheeses and soup and continue to stir until sauce is creamy and smooth
- Combine pasta and sauce and pour into a 9 x 13 baking pan. Cook for 20 minutes and remove from oven. Let sit 5-10 minutes to set
- Serve immediately
Karyn Ryan says
Yummy i wish i could dig my spoon into the screen right now.Perfect family comfort food.What could you subsitute for condensed cheddar soup? Not available in my country
Oana Iancu says
Who can resist these homemade creamy macaroni and cheese? I love the crispy edges you got from finishing it in the oven. Definitely the perfect recipe to surprise my daughter with one day after school!
Baked creamy macaroni and cheese is an ultimate delicious comforting food! Every kid would love it…and adult too!
Jyothi (Jo) says
That mac and cheese looks so dreamy creamy. Absolutely mouth watering dish. It sure is a comfort food during any weather. YUM
It really is my favorite comfort food choice. If I could eat macaroni and cheese everyday, I probably would but my waistband has decided otherwise 🙂
Marisa Franca says
Mac and Cheese is the ultimate comfort food. I’m quite partial to anything pasta and when you add cheese to it I’m in pasta/cheese heaven. I’ve never thought of adding the condensed soup to the recipe. I can see where it would make it creamier. This recipe is a keeper.
I usually have a couple of macaroni and cheese recipes up my sleeve and this recipe using the soup definitely comes out creamier. It’s definitely a favorite around my house
Veena Azmanov says
I love anything with cheese – my kids love macaroni and cheese and this would be their absolute favorite. Saving this for later.
Macaroni and cheese is definitely a favorite in my household to! I hope you enjoy this 🙂
My family LOVES mac n’ cheese….in fact it is requested often for “birthday dinners”. My grandson always asks me to make it….he loves taking it to school for lunches. I will have to give this a try.
Mac and cheese is my favorite birthday dinner too! Great minds think alike 🙂 I hope they enjoy this
Claudia Lamascolo says
This looks so creamy and delicious. My grandson believe it or not only eats mac and cheese , he wont touch anything else. I think he would go nuts over this I sure will!
That child lives a life after my own heart 🙂 I hope he likes it!