Main Dish | August 25, 2017

Three Cheese Mac – Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Who doesn’t LOVE Mac and Cheese?  Mac and Cheese is the ULTIMATE comfort food.  With the fall months approaching I love burning my fall scented candles and breaking out the comfort food recipes.  There is something about fall that I adore…maybe the smells, maybe the clothes…I’m not sure, but it’s my favorite time of year.
Three Cheese Mac in turquoise baking dish with wooden utensils around it

Simple & Tasty

About ten years ago I went on the hunt for the PERFECT macaroni and cheese.  I didn’t want to hassle with making a white sauce or buying fancy ingredients.  I wanted something tasty and simple and when I came across this recipe I knew it is seriously a winner.  I’ve been making it ever since and I have yet to serve it to someone who didn’t absolutely LOVE it.  My dad claims to not even like macaroni and cheese, but requests this dish every time he visits.  I recently made this for a potluck BBQ and it was the only dish where the pan was completely and utterly empty. This dish is perfect at a bbq alongside some baked beans and potato salad.

Three Cheese Mac in baking dish and wooden spoons to the side

close up shot of wooden spoon scooping some three cheese mac

Macaroni and Cheese Minus the Macaroni

The original recipe called for your standard macaroni noodle, but I like penne.  I like the cheese to fill the noodle so you get a perfect cheesy bite each time. This recipe is also wonderful with shell pasta.  So choose your favorite pasta and go for it!

Three Cheese Mac in baking dish

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Three Cheese Penne (Macaroni)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

The ULTIMATE comfort food- perfect for Fall!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade macaroni and cheese, three cheese macaroni, three cheese penne
Calories: 4116 kcal
Author: Kadee
Ingredients
  • 12 oz Penne Pasta or Macaroni if you desire
  • 1 1/2 Cups Milk
  • 1/4 Cup Butter melted
  • 1/2 tsp Ground White Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 8 oz American Cheese cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 8 oz Sharp Cheddar Cheese Shredded (2 cups)
  • 2 oz Mozzarella shredded (1/2 Cup)
  • 20 Ritz Crackers crushed
Instructions
  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large pot cook pasta according to directions, drain and return to pot.
  3. Add milk, butter, pepper, and salt. Stir in Cheeses.
  4. Transfer to a greased 2 quart casserole dish.
  5. Bake uncovered for 15 minutes. Carefully stir mixture. Sprinkle with crushed crackers and bake 5 more minutes or until crackers are browned and mixture is heated through. (Don't overcook or mixture will curdle)
  6. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
  7. Watch it disappear before your eyes.
Nutrition Facts
Three Cheese Penne (Macaroni)
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 4116 Calories from Fat 2124
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 236g 363%
Saturated Fat 136g 680%
Cholesterol 668mg 223%
Sodium 7247mg 302%
Potassium 1877mg 54%
Total Carbohydrates 323g 108%
Dietary Fiber 12g 48%
Sugars 39g
Protein 170g 340%
Vitamin A 136.2%
Calcium 488.3%
Iron 57.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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