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Easiest Homestyle Macaroni and Cheese

Ginger Hackley

"My family always expects the 'real deal' homemade macaroni and cheese, and this recipe passed the 'family taste test' with flying colors on Easter. However, this time it was much easier to make, using jarred Alfredo sauce instead of homemade white sauce. Try it. It's easy as pie, and FABULOUS!"
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Ingredients

1 h 25 m servings 479 cals
Original recipe yields 20 servings

Nutrition

  • Calories:
  • 479 kcal
  • 24%
  • Fat:
  • 26.7 g
  • 41%
  • Carbs:
  • 41.6g
  • 13%
  • Protein:
  • 18.4 g
  • 37%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 59 mg
  • 20%
  • Sodium:
  • 997 mg
  • 40%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Nutritional Information

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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Directions

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a 10 1/2x13 1/2-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil; stir 1 teaspoon salt and vegetable oil into boiling water. Gradually stir macaroni into the boiling water and cook, stirring occasionally, until macaroni are tender but still slightly firm, about 10 minutes. Drain well and pour macaroni into prepared baking dish.
  3. Pour Alfredo sauce into a 3-quart microwave-safe bowl and stir processed cheese into sauce; microwave on 60 percent power for 6 minutes. Stir sauce mixture and microwave for 5 more minutes on 60 percent power. Season with black pepper and paprika. Stir 1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese into mixture until cheese has melted and sauce is thick and smooth.
  4. Pour half the cheese sauce over macaroni and stir to coat; pour in remaining cheese mixture and stir again. Spread remaining shredded sharp Cheddar cheese over macaroni. Top casserole with bread crumbs.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until the casserole is bubbling, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Broil casserole under oven's broiler for 3 to 4 minutes if you like a browned top. Let macaroni and cheese stand for 10 minutes before serving.

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I cut the recipe in half and after reading the other reviews added about a cup of skim milk to the mixture before baking...DELICIOUS!! I've served it twice since making it for Thanksgiving and ...

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I must have done something wrong becaue this casserole did not turn out creamy like I had expected. I followed the recipe to the word, but the first thing that didn't work was the size of the ca...

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I cut the recipe in half and after reading the other reviews added about a cup of skim milk to the mixture before baking...DELICIOUS!! I've served it twice since making it for Thanksgiving and ...

I must have done something wrong becaue this casserole did not turn out creamy like I had expected. I followed the recipe to the word, but the first thing that didn't work was the size of the ca...

I cut the recipe in half because I knew from looking at the directions that it would not fit in a 9 x 13 pan as is. I also added chicken to the recipe. I poached some chicken breasts in chicke...

What I did differently - I melted the alfredo and cheese in a skillet on the stove instead of the microwave method. I used an aluminum roasting pan 16 1/8 x 113/4 x 2 7/8 and it was the perfect ...

After reading some reviews that said recipe was dry, i cooked it for 25 minutes instead of 45. Came out well!

This turned out delicious and so easy to make.

I just grabbed the large box of velveeta and didn't realize that it was 2 pounds instead of 1 pound. I figured you can never have too much cheese so I used it all. It turned out great. Super eas...

Family loved it. Fixed this mac and cheese on easter and everyone loved it.

My family reunion has a new favorite dish! Sorry Aunty, they just liked it better.!! I know, but I'll share the secret of the canned alfredo sauce AFTER next year's event. Maybe then the sting...