18 Recipes That Start With Velveeta
Don't underestimate the power of Velveeta's super smooth, monumentally melty, and yes, impressively velvety processed cheese. (We confess to a nostalgic fondness for the bright orange, wiggly blocks.) The truth is, besides lasting for a long time in your refrigerator, versatile Velveeta has a wide range of culinary uses, beyond stirring into stove top mac and cheese.
Want to add kid-appeal to vegetables? Create a silky sauce without using cream? Pull together a unique spread for sandwiches? Make a perfectly dunkable dip? Velveeta has got you covered on all counts. This collection of Velveeta recipes features a variety of unique ways to use the cheese product, and all of them are unique and a bit surprising.
Delicious Creamy Cheesy Brussels Sprouts
"This is the ONLY way I can get my husband and kids to eat Brussels sprouts, and everybody that tries this dish LOVES it!" promises recipe reviewer Katie Hanson. "Mouth-watering creamy cheesy sauce slathered over Brussels sprouts so soft your teeth slide through them. You may need to double this recipe to have enough!"
Bacon & Eggs Spaghetti
We love the way super-smooth Velveeta forms a perfect, saucy coating for pasta of every shape and size. Also combined with bacon and eggs, in a full-throttle take on carbonara, this decadent dish would be a welcome addition to either your breakfast or dinner table.
Awesome Smashed Red Potatoes
"This recipe of hand-mashed red potatoes with skins with a flavor mixture of bacon bits, cheese, and French onion rings could be served as a main dish if you are a potato-lover like me. This is the only way my family will allow me to serve potatoes in our house. The amounts I have suggested are only guidelines; you will adjust these over time to your taste." We agree with the creators, Steve & Erica. These spuds sound truly awesome.
Cramer Family Stuffed Crawfish Bread
Who said seafood and cheese don't mix? The Cramer family always makes this fun-to-share dish around Mardi Gras time. Featuring New Orleans-style pistolette rolls (although any crusty French bread will do), you can go ahead and eat the bowl, once you're done scooping up tender crawfish tails swimming in melted Velveeta.
Ooey Gooey Chili Mac Lasagna
Is it chili? Is it mac and cheese? Is it lasagna? The exciting news is, this over-the-top recipe is an ingenious combination of all three, thanks to noodles layered with a meaty, cheesy, green chili-spiked, queso-like, and suitably ooey gooey sauce.
Glorified Baked Cabbage
We love keeping cabbage around, because it's super inexpensive, goes a long way, and stays fresh in the refrigerator for weeks on end. But it's so much more than a stretch-a-dollar veggie. It also has the ability to taste positively luxurious, especially when bathed in a casserole with cream of mushroom soup and molten Velveeta cheese.
Outrageous Warm Chicken Nacho Dip
According to Brightlightz, "This is my jazzed up version of classic queso dip taken to a heartier level, perfect for football games, tailgating or for taking along to pot lucks in a slow cooker." Or, you know, just relaxing during movie night at home! "This is a serious crowd-pleaser that is served hot as a dip, spooned over crisp tortilla chips nacho-style, or rolled up in a warm flour tortilla. The heat can be turned up or down with the addition of jalapeños to taste."
Easy Slow Cooker Squash
The ideal ratio for this recipe is using a quarter pound of Velveeta to every four pounds of sweet yellow squash, so the oozy cheese complements, but doesn't overpower, the delicious and delicate vegetable.
Aunt Erma Lee's Smooth and Creamy Pimento Cheese
"My Aunt Erma Lee was a great cook," said BarbDwyer, who was excited to share her Southern-inspired recipe. "Feel free to adjust the sugar to your taste. This is a great spread for sandwiches with soup. Try spreading it on buns with hamburgers or sloppy joes for a new twist! Soars above store-bought! Can be kept under refrigeration for up to one week."
Hungarian goulash gets a south-of-the-border twist thanks to elbow macaroni tossed with Velveeta cheese and salsa-spiced ground beef. The pasta dish is studded with pinto beans and nuggets of sweet corn, too.
Potato Cheese Soup with Velveeta
"A rich potato soup that also has carrot, onion and celery," said creator Shauna. In addition to a generous serving of exceptionally creamy Velveeta, "The chicken base also contributes to its complex flavor. Chicken base is a strong reduction of chicken stock that is normally sold in a resealable plastic jar and should be kept refrigerated."
Cheese Grits Casserole
Grits take on an almost soufflé-like consistency when combined with a mix of sharp cheddar and Velveeta, folded with beaten eggs, and baked until golden, for a truly celebratory side dish.
Yuma Dip Sandwiches
Trudy W. Schuett's recipe is "Marinated top round on French bread with onions and mushrooms, dipped in a Southwestern-style cheese sauce. Excessive and indulgent--but way, way, satisfying!" And while Trudy gives it top marks as guest or party food, we can easily imagine this as a go-to mid-week dinner with the family.
Thanksgiving Broccoli and Cheese
Not that you need to save this crowd-pleasing treat for Thanksgiving. Making at least 10 servings, this rich and rustic casserole — containing a base of cream of chicken soup-bathed broccoli, paved with slices of Velveeta and a topping of buttery crushed crackers — tastes just as great any day, not just the one with the big turkey.
Lucy's Ham Spread
Inspired by her mom, Barb Wahnsiedler Klein shared this handed-down recipe for savory ham spread, which is so much more than a simple dip. "This is one of my favorite recipes. My Mom, Lucy Wahnsiedler, used to make this when I was a kid. I love the flavor of the spread, and it is marvelous for making sandwiches or for spreading on crackers. It is simply delicious!"
Green Chile Chicken Corn Chowder
Hatch chiles are more warm than spicy, and paired with sweet corn, rice, and Velveeta, they create the perfect peppery chowder. "I served it with a green salad and chips on the side. Very easy to make and we enjoyed it very much," wrote reviewer Yoly.
Gail's Broccoli Soup
Velveeta Salsa Mac and Cheese
Quick and tasty, this stovetop macaroni and cheese is a fantastic one-pot meal. Plus, it requires only five ingredients (and water), so it's a great back-pocket recipe to keep on hand for company, busy nights, or casual weekends.