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The Mac and Cheese Recipe You’ve Been Waiting For

As much as I consider myself a foodie—and I love trying new and exotic foods—there’s something pretty wonderful about a simple and delicious mac and cheese recipe. Mac and cheese is perpetually popular with my kids, but it’s also one of my own favorite comfort foods. At the end of a long day, there’s nothing better than a bowl of cheesy goodness. This Five Cheese Bacon Mac and Cheese recipe is a huge favorite at our house and gets rave reviews every time I make it!

Although the ingredient list is a little long, that’s mostly because of the FIVE delicious cheeses in the sauce. I used a mix of cream cheese, cheddar, colby jack, mozzarella, and Parmesan, which blended together perfectly. Feel free to substitute and mix and match cheeses. There’s really no way to go wrong!

mac and cheese recipe ingredients

Making your own cheese sauce is simple and easy, but it does take a little practice to get the knack of it. It’s important to make sure that the flour is cooked in the butter before adding any liquid to avoid a grainy texture and floury taste. I start by melting the butter in a large skillet, then whisking in the flour. I make sure to let the mixture bubble and turn golden before adding the liquid. The key is to add the liquids (milk, half and half, and chicken broth) slowly, while whisking constantly to prevent any lumps. Adding the liquid a little at a time helps to keep the sauce thick and smooth.

mac and cheese recipe step-by-step

Another helpful tip is to add the cheeses to the sauce while the skillet is off the heat. If you add the cheese while the skillet is still on the burner, sometimes the melted cheese can separate. I love this combination of five delicious cheeses, and how creamy and rich they make the sauce! Seriously, look at this glorious cheesy sauce! I could eat it with a spoon, but it’s even better when made into mac and cheese.

mac and cheese recipe in progress

Once the sauce is complete, you’ll add some cooked macaroni noodles. You could definitely stop there if you’re short on time, but adding a tasty breadcrumb topping and baking the macaroni makes it even more special and delicious! The crunchy breadcrumb, Parmesan, and bacon topping is one of my favorite parts! It’s savory and buttery, and adds such great texture to the dish.

mac and cheese recipe finished

This mac and cheese recipe is one of my family’s very favorite dishes, and one that my kids ask for frequently. It’s rich and creamy, and perfect for any night. For more recipes, be sure to check out these classic mac and cheese ideas or these delicious mac and cheese hacks.

 

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    I love mac n cheese – never thought of adding cream cheese. Try smoked Gouda. My family loves my Mac n cheese with smoked Gouda and Gruyere + 3 other cheeses. Yum!

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