Recipe by CDCooks
"This is a completely unpretentious, down-home macaroni and cheese recipe just like my grandma and mom always made. A simple white sauce where you add cheese and a few other flavors with macaroni and a potato chip crust. This recipe makes a lot, I like to make two pans so I can take one to a pot luck and have the other one to keep in the fridge for later. It's an easy recipe to adjust down if you only want to make one pan. If you aren't cooking it right away, just keep the topping separate until you are ready to put it in the oven."
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1 3/4 pounds
salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 (8 ounce) package
shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
3 (8 ounce) packages
shredded American cheese
1 (8 ounce) bag
potato chips (such as Lay's®), crushed
shredded Cheddar cheese
grated Parmesan cheese
butter-flavored cooking spray
Nothing says "comfort food" quite like mac & cheese.
This recipe was simple, has a great flavor and was enjoyed by my whole family.
I didn't have potato chips on hand so I topped it with some crushed crackers. Delicious!
I made this exactly as posted here. My biggest problem with this recipe is that it is bland. I believe Mac N Cheese needs to have a sharp cheddar bite, even if it's only like Stouffers. I would try to use all sharp cheddar, maybe add Parmesan or Asiago and lose the milk or most of it but consider using the liquid from the boiled pasta. Lastly, the potato chip topping was good but you'd better eat all of it right out of the oven. If you don't and then put the leftovers covered in the fridge for a day and then reheat. I thought twice about this too when first making this recipe. Have you ever put a potato chip in the refrigerator and eaten it the next day? Not good.
This is a GREAT recipe. I'm not a very good cook but I nailed this recipe. My boyfriend LOVES it! I did do a few things differently. I used processed american cheese, added 1 chicken breast (cut into very small pieces, cooked and seasoned), almost doubled the seasonings and used ritz crackers instead of chips. I cooked the pasta all the way and only put it in the oven for 10 minutes for the cheese to melt and the crackers to brown.
I loved this recipe. I left the chips off and added a little extra Parmesan cheese for an awesome crust. I also added boneless chicken breast and shrimp, yes, at the same time. It is really delicious.
I used boneless chicken breast that I boiled in water. Then I placed them on a cutting board and used a masher (like for potatoes) to mash and "shred" them. Set aside.
Then I used raw (uncooked) shrimp and peel them completely, including tails. Shrimp size is up to you.
Mix in the chicken and shrimp (raw) when you combine the macaroni and cheese sauce. The shrimp will cook in the oven. Enjoy, it is an impressive meal!!
I've tried several different mac n' cheese recipes and this one I LOVE! Three reasons: 1. It has a little zip to it with the cheyenne pepper (don't cut back on the amount - even though it seems like a lot) 2. It makes 2 9x13 pans, so I can freeze one for another night. 3. It has flavor. The only thing I did differently was add cubed up pre-cooked ham right before adding the cheese mixture. Delish!
A friend of mine made this and it's AMAZING! Since he changed a few things I'll post them here for my own notes as much as anything. I sure the original is equally as awesome.
Instead of onion powder and mustard powder I used Basil and Oregano. I used chilli powder instead of Cayenne. I also used Mozzarella instead of American Cheese and added about 8-12 oz of Six cheese Italian blend.
Delicious! I used the cheese I had on hand (Italian blend plus some cheddar and american - it was tasty). Though I forgot to add the worcestershire sauce, the cayenne pepper gave it some delicious zip. I added crumbled crispy bacon to the topping. It is the best mac and cheese I have ever had.
Halved the recipe to make one 9X13 in pan. Very good, but will use more cheddar than American cheese next time.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Old School Mac n' Cheese
Serving Size: 1/20 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 20
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 271
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This is homemade mac 'n cheese just like grandma used to make.
This classic, hearty mac and cheese is super simple and really tasty.
A buttery cracker topping and rich cheese sauce make it a family favorite.