My family always expects the 'real deal' homemade macaroni and cheese, and this recipe passed the 'family taste test' with flying colors on Easter. However, this time it was much easier to make, using jarred Alfredo sauce instead of homemade white sauce. Try it. It's easy as pie, and FABULOUS!

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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a 10 1/2x13 1/2-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

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  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil; stir 1 teaspoon salt and vegetable oil into boiling water. Gradually stir macaroni into the boiling water and cook, stirring occasionally, until macaroni are tender but still slightly firm, about 10 minutes. Drain well and pour macaroni into prepared baking dish.

  • Pour Alfredo sauce into a 3-quart microwave-safe bowl and stir processed cheese into sauce; microwave on 60 percent power for 6 minutes. Stir sauce mixture and microwave for 5 more minutes on 60 percent power. Season with black pepper and paprika. Stir 1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese into mixture until cheese has melted and sauce is thick and smooth.

  • Pour half the cheese sauce over macaroni and stir to coat; pour in remaining cheese mixture and stir again. Spread remaining shredded sharp Cheddar cheese over macaroni. Top casserole with bread crumbs.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the casserole is bubbling, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Broil casserole under oven's broiler for 3 to 4 minutes if you like a browned top. Let macaroni and cheese stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

479.1 calories; 18.4 g protein; 41.6 g carbohydrates; 58.9 mg cholesterol; 997.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2013
I cut the recipe in half and after reading the other reviews added about a cup of skim milk to the mixture before baking...DELICIOUS!! I've served it twice since making it for Thanksgiving and I always get asked for the recipe. I use Stove Top stuffing on top and use reduced fat cheeses and alfredo sauce...you can't tell the difference. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/02/2013
I must have done something wrong becaue this casserole did not turn out creamy like I had expected. I followed the recipe to the word but the first thing that didn't work was the size of the casserole dish. I used a larger dish than stated but still could not fit all the macaroni into the dish. I will try this recipe once again cutting back on the macaroni to 16 oz. I'm hoping that works because it does have a good flavor but it's way too dry otherwise. Read More
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37 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2013
I cut the recipe in half and after reading the other reviews added about a cup of skim milk to the mixture before baking...DELICIOUS!! I've served it twice since making it for Thanksgiving and I always get asked for the recipe. I use Stove Top stuffing on top and use reduced fat cheeses and alfredo sauce...you can't tell the difference. Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2013
I cut the recipe in half and after reading the other reviews added about a cup of skim milk to the mixture before baking...DELICIOUS!! I've served it twice since making it for Thanksgiving and I always get asked for the recipe. I use Stove Top stuffing on top and use reduced fat cheeses and alfredo sauce...you can't tell the difference. Read More
(15)
Rating: 3 stars
04/01/2013
I must have done something wrong becaue this casserole did not turn out creamy like I had expected. I followed the recipe to the word but the first thing that didn't work was the size of the casserole dish. I used a larger dish than stated but still could not fit all the macaroni into the dish. I will try this recipe once again cutting back on the macaroni to 16 oz. I'm hoping that works because it does have a good flavor but it's way too dry otherwise. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/03/2013
I cut the recipe in half because I knew from looking at the directions that it would not fit in a 9 x 13 pan as is. I also added chicken to the recipe. I poached some chicken breasts in chicken stock and once they were done I removed and boiled the macaroni in the remaining chicken stock. I followed the directions for microwaving the sauce but added the shredded chicken before I mixed it with the macaroni. Once I mixed the chicken sauce and macaroni I had a feeling that it was going to be a little dry once it was baked but didn't make any correction. After baking it was very dry. The next time I make I will approximately a 1/2 cup of milk to the sauce before I combine with the macaroni. Overall a great recipe just add a little milk to the sauce. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/11/2015
After reading some reviews that said recipe was dry i cooked it for 25 minutes instead of 45. Came out well! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/26/2016
What I did differently - I melted the alfredo and cheese in a skillet on the stove instead of the microwave method. I used an aluminum roasting pan 16 1/8 x 113/4 x 2 7/8 and it was the perfect size. I tried one jar of classic alfredo and one garlic alfredo. I'm not sure if it was the brand but the garlic alfredo gave it an after taste so I will try a different brand or just classic from now on. First time I made it I drizzled a cup of 2% milk over the whole pan. It was very creamy. Second time I forgot the milk but luckily it was still creamy enough. I cooked it 40 minutes. I did not use breadcrumbs because I have never liked a crust on mac n cheese lol. It was delicious besides the after taste from garlic alfredo. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/26/2013
This turned out delicious and so easy to make. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2013
Family loved it. Fixed this mac and cheese on easter and everyone loved it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/28/2016
I just grabbed the large box of velveeta and didn't realize that it was 2 pounds instead of 1 pound. I figured you can never have too much cheese so I used it all. It turned out great. Super easy & yummy. It doesn't need to be cooked for as long as stated. 30 minutes is plenty of time. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/11/2013
Not the best I've ever had but still pretty good! I followed the directions but replaced the elbow noodles with bowtie... Delicious recipe! My girlfriend loved it too!:) Read More
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