5 from 2 votes
Three cheese Mac and cheese in a white baking dish.
Three Cheese Mac and Cheese
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Resting time
5 mins
Total Time
45 mins

Creamy American cheese, sharp cheddar, and smooth mozzarella come together in this Three Cheese Mac and Cheese.  This ultimate comfort food dish is simple to make with fail-proof results.  Perfect for a potluck or bbq.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade macaroni and cheese, three cheese macaroni, three cheese penne
Servings: 10
Calories: 412 kcal
Author: Kadee
  • 12 oz Penne Pasta or Macaroni if you desirev
  • 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
  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large pot cook pasta according to directions to al dente, but reducing cooking time by 1 minute. 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 5 minutes before serving.

  7. Watch it disappear before your eyes.
Recipe Notes

Mac and Cheese Q&A

What does al dente mean?

I mention cooking just shy of al dente in this recipe.  Al dente describes pasta or rice that is cooked to be firm to the bite.

what kind of baking dish do I use?

You want to use a 2 qt baking dish.  The shape doesn't mater, but a 9x13 will work, or a round or oval 2 qt casserole dish.

what kind of pasta should I use?

In this recipe I used penne, but you can use the traditional elbow macaroni or even shell pasta.

What Should I Serve With Mac and Cheese?

This dish is perfect at a bbq alongside some baked beans and potato salad.
Nutrition Facts
Three Cheese Mac and Cheese
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 412 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 67mg22%
Sodium 725mg32%
Potassium 188mg5%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 681IU14%
Calcium 488mg49%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.