Triple Cheddar and Colby Jack bring lots of cheese flavor to this creamy mac & cheese with just a hint of heat.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray the inside of a 1 1/2-quart casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. Combine Cheddar and Colby Jack cheeses in a medium bowl and set aside.

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  • Cook macaroni in boiling salted water according to package directions; drain well and set aside.

  • Meanwhile, melt butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Blend in flour, stirring constantly, until smooth and bubbly. Gradually whisk in milk and half & half. Stir constantly, until mixture boils and thickens (about 2 to 3 minutes). Remove from heat and add cayenne and black peppers, and 2 cups of the reserved cheese mixture; stir until cheese is melted and sauce is smooth.

  • Stir cooked macaroni into the sauce and season to taste. Place in the prepared casserole dish. Top with remaining 1/2 cup of cheese and dot with additional butter, if desired. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until heated through and lightly browned.

Nutrition Facts

623 calories; protein 26.1g 52% DV; carbohydrates 49.2g 16% DV; fat 36.3g 56% DV; cholesterol 113.9mg 38% DV; sodium 568mg 23% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
10/08/2019
Delicious basic recipe! Even my picky fiancé loved it. I added extra cheese as I do with everything - also added appx 1 tbsp of prepared mustard, 3/4 tsp garlic ( I love garlic) and 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce to give the flavour a little added zip - it was an excellent addition. Also sprinkled breadcrumbs on top and broiled it at the end for about 3 mins to add a crispy crunchy top - it was a hit! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/06/2017
I followed the directions exactly. It was very dry. The cheese sauce itself was perfect if only using half the amount of elbow macaroni. Next time I will double the cheese sauce ingredients for a full size casserole or only use half the amount of elbow Mac for a half casserole size. I do think this recipe will be smooth and creamy with the right Mac mix. The cheese sauce method is great to use with many other recipes also. Read More
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62 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 43
  • 4 star values: 14
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
10/08/2019
Delicious basic recipe! Even my picky fiancé loved it. I added extra cheese as I do with everything - also added appx 1 tbsp of prepared mustard, 3/4 tsp garlic ( I love garlic) and 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce to give the flavour a little added zip - it was an excellent addition. Also sprinkled breadcrumbs on top and broiled it at the end for about 3 mins to add a crispy crunchy top - it was a hit! Read More
(12)
Rating: 3 stars
02/06/2017
I followed the directions exactly. It was very dry. The cheese sauce itself was perfect if only using half the amount of elbow macaroni. Next time I will double the cheese sauce ingredients for a full size casserole or only use half the amount of elbow Mac for a half casserole size. I do think this recipe will be smooth and creamy with the right Mac mix. The cheese sauce method is great to use with many other recipes also. Read More
(11)
Rating: 3 stars
02/05/2017
it dried out soooo fast. don't get me wrong it was good but i guess my expectations of creamy macaroni were too high. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/03/2017
Delicious I made it and the fam loved it I used a different type of noodles and a different cheese and instead of half and half I used sour cream I think that made it a bit better!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/30/2017
Best mac and cheese I've ever had! I am not a fan of spicy food so I did not put the cayenne pepper in it. Also I added bread crumbs to the top before I put it in the oven which gave it a touch of crunch when eating. Will definitely make again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2016
Amazing! I substituted mozzarella cheese instead of the Colby and added some bread crumbs on top. Also crumbled 2 strips if hickory bacon! No leftovers. Excellent recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/06/2017
I added a can of Rotels green chilis and jalapeños. Oh yes good flavor and it added a bit of a kick. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/25/2017
My whole family gobbled it up! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2016
Made this following the recipe exactly. Turned out great! My daughter who is very picky about her mac and cheese went back for seconds. Read More
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