6 Cheese Mac & Cheese

Christine Albury

What's better than mac and cheese? Mac and cheese made with six different cheeses! Yum!

Mac and cheese is a classic dish enjoyed by just about everyone! Gooey, satisfying and topped with a cheesy crust, there is nothing more irresistible.

Stovetop Mac and Cheese Photo

A simple Google search for mac and cheese is bound to leave your mouth watering, but it can be hard knowing which recipe is best. So you will be pleased to discover you've found the perfect recipe right here! This luscious 6 Cheese Mac and Cheese recipe is perfect for everything from family gatherings to a midweek meal. 

When preparing mac and cheese it is important to avoid making the very common mistake of using only one type of cheese (usually cheddar).

Stovetop Mac and Cheese Picture

If you really want to add depth to your mac and cheese, you should use a blend of cheeses. It is such a highly adaptable dish that you can use just about any type of cheese that you and your family enjoy. Some cheeses to try include:

- Sharp cheddar

- Gouda

- Gruyere 

- Brie

- Goat’s cheese

- Parmesan

After hours of taste tasting, we can also confirm the cheeses we tend to avoid using in mac and cheese:

- Pre-shredded cheese (any type)

- Feta

- Monterey Jack (we know many will disagree, but the after taste of it is quite unpleasant!) 

Instant Pot Panera Mac and Cheese Photo

We also find that some people like to get a bit creative with the types of pasta they use to make their mac and cheese. Whilst we definitely love creativity, there are only certain types of pasta that lend themselves well to this classic dish. Of course, elbow macaroni is one of the best shapes, but you can use any short and stubby pasta shapes that hold in sauce. Penne, fusilli and cavatappi will all work well.

Many people avoid seasoning their mac and cheese, which will leave it tasting quite bland. Always be sure to reach for the salt, pepper and even some paprika. 

Gluten Free Mac and Cheese Pic

So, let’s get cooking! This mac and cheese recipe serves six and requires only 15 minutes prep time. 

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6 Cheese Mac & Cheese

    6 Servings

Ingredients

  • 6 cups Elbow Macaroni, cooked
  • 1 stick Butter
  • 4 tablespoons Flour
  • 2 cups Half & Half
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 5 cups Cheese, shredded and divided - use a mix of Havarti, Parmesan, White Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Gouda, and Velveeta
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Melt the butter in a large saucepan.
  3. Once the butter is melted, let it brown slightly to add a depth of flavor. Stir in the flour and cook for one minute, stirring constantly to avoid it sticking and burning.
  4. Pour in the half and half and the heavy cream and stir until it comes to a boil and starts to thicken.
  5. Stir in 4 cups of cheese, salt, pepper, garlic powder, smoked paprika and sour cream. Cook for 3 minutes on a low heat, stirring frequently until it forms a smooth sauce.
  6. Add in the cooked pasta and stir well.
  7. Transfer into a baking dish and top with a cup of cheese and a sprinkle of smoked paprika. Cook for 30-45 minutes until golden brown and bubbling.
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Author: Christine Albury
Source: Naptural Roots
Recipe Yields: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 60 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 871
Calories 1584

% Daily Value*
167%
Total Fat 109g
134%
  Saturated Fat 27g
19%
Sodium 454mg
30%
Total Carbohydrate 91g
4%
  Dietary Fiber 3g
  Sugars 2g
77%
Protein 38g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.

I'm a mom of 5 and love making healthy baby food with wholesome, natural ingredients. In 2005 I started the Homemade Baby Food Recipes website, sharing recipes for everything from simple fruit purees to gourmet curries for the baby food connoisseur! You'll also find plenty of tried and tested tips to help encourage even the most reluctant diner to enjoy a wide range of nutritious new foods. If you enjoy cooking, then you will LOVE learning to become head chef for a very special little customer!

Christine Albury

About Christine

I'm a mom of 5 and love making healthy baby food with wholesome, natural ingredients. In 2005 I started the Homemade Baby Food Recipes website, sharing recipes for everything from simple fruit purees to gourmet curries for the baby food connoisseur! You'll also find plenty of tried and tested tips to help encourage even the most reluctant diner to enjoy a wide range of nutritious new foods. If you enjoy cooking, then you will LOVE learning to become head chef for a very special little customer!

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