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Easy Cheesy Mac And Cheese (With Optional Crunchy Topping)

Rated as 4.5 out of 5 Stars

"I have made baked macaroni and cheese since I was little. I stumbled upon this recipe through experimentation and then modified until I love it! I even brought this to a party with a bunch of people from around the US, and no one could believe it was so easy to make! It tastes exactly the same! Not only is it super easy to make, the clean-up is quick!"
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53 m servings 625
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until tender yet firm to the bite, 8 minutes. Drain.
  3. Transfer cooked macaroni to a 9x13-inch casserole dish. Add 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, Alfredo sauce, and mustard; mix thoroughly until macaroni is evenly coated. Mix in remaining 2 cups cheese and drained tomatoes and green chiles. Top with bread crumbs.
  4. Bake until bubbly and cheese is melted, about 30 minutes.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • Use mild Rotel® for a nice kick, or original for a stronger kick.
  • For a crunchy topping, use 1/2 cup crushed French's® French Fried Onions or 1 small bag crushed Doritos® instead of the bread crumbs.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 625 calories; 35.6 51.4 25.3 81 1103 Full nutrition

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Delicious and pairs well with pork BBQ and baked beans!

It turned out on the dry side, but pretty tasty. I will use twice the sauce next time

My favorite macaroni and cheese recipe involves cream cheese, milk, cream, and a lot of extra steps and clean up. I was surprised how much this easier version tastes like my "go to" recipe! I le...

Made my own Alfredo sauce and I really liked this. The one thing I did not like was the bread crumb topping. Leave it out and you have 5 stars all the way!