Creamy Mac-n-Cheese Recipe

I’ve been making this homemade Creamy Mac-n-Cheese Recipe for our holiday meals for years! This is a tried & true recipe for pure comfort food. I reach for this when I’m hosting special meals and want to indulge my guests. For a simpler weeknight version I always grab the easiest homemade mac-n-cheese recipe that’s still full of flavor but takes lest effort. Either way you will get your past and cheese needs met!

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Make this macaroni and cheese your go-to side dish recipe for holiday entertaining or family gatherings.

If you are looking for a tried and true recipe for macaroni and cheese then look no further than this one.  This creamy homemade mac-n-cheese recipe is rich and delicious, and makes a large amount for entertaining.

Make this macaroni & cheese part of your holiday meal for Christmas entertaining, Thanksgiving, or Easter dinner. It makes enough to feed a crowd.

We look forward to this recipe all year long. I only make it when we have lots of guests because it makes so much. It’s great to have leftovers but I would eat them all which is not good for the waistline so there’s that. Even my children love this and they are die-hard box mix lovers {as most kids are!}.

I first had this at our Friendsgiving Thanksgiving celebration dinner and fell in love. I got the recipe from my friend but I think it’s an old Southern Living recipe. Give it a try, and you can always experiment with different types of cheese if you like.

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Use a mix of panko and bread crumbs for the topping to add more flavor and texture.

You can use just bread crumbs for the topping or do like I did and use half bread crumbs and half panko. The panko gives it a bit of crunchy texture that is really nice.

For a denser casserole use 10-12 ounces of pasta instead of the 8 called for. The flavor will still be there but you’ll increase the amount of servings you have for guests. And if you really want to indulge then you can make this lobster macaroni and cheese. It’s sure to impress.

I like to balance hearty dishes like this with lighter options when serving a meal. This marinated green bean salad is a fabulous choice. And for the main course this slow cooker turkey breast has become my new go-to entree. 

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Creamy Mac-n-Cheese Recipe

Yield: about 10

Three delicious cheeses make this side dish a delightful indulgence. Prepare it several hours ahead and then bake it when ready for easy entertaining. Serve this at all your holiday meals for a tried and true macaroni and cheese dish.


  • 1 (8 oz) package elbow macaroni, cooked
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 (16 oz) loaf Velveeta cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (I use white cheddar)
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (I’ve also used Asiago with great results)
  • 1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper


  • 2/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 3 Tablespoons butter, melted


  1. Toss together macaroni and olive oil. Stir in Velveeta, cheddar, and Parmesan cheeses. Spoon into a lightly greased 11 x 7 inch baking dish. Stir together evaporated milk and remaining ingredients. Pour over pasta.
  2. Bake at 350 for 50-55 minutes.
  3. Combine the topping ingredients together and spread over the top of the macaroni and cheese during the last 7-10 minutes of baking.

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