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Mom’s Velveeta Macaroni and Cheese — 30 Comments

  1. looks soooo good. i have a similar recipe but i like to add a little bit of ground mustard to the cheese.
    so simple, but so delicious!

  2. Vanessa, I’ll have to try the ground mustard. The one I use is the Trade East brand from GFS Marketplace, which tastes quite good as part of my Jiffy corn muffin-based corn dog batter. Thanks for the suggestion!

  3. Oh. My. Can she come cook for me???? Velveeta mac-n-cheese is my FAVORITE but I always manage to screw it up. That looks “udderly” fantastic! haha

  4. Shawna, that was quite a cheesy thing to say … 😉

    Follow mom’s photos, she makes it look so easy. The trick? Get the kids somewhere else so you can focus! That’s what mom always does … and why I never learned how to make it before now. 😀

  5. I think I will give this a try later in the week….. I’ll let you know how it turns out!!!

    P.S. Just so I’m clear on the directions, you get the water boiling for the pasta, dump the pasta in and then just let it sit covered for 10 minutes?? I’ve never heard of such a thing! But hey, if it produces results like that picture, I’m more than willing to give it a whirl! Man, is my stomach growling now!

  6. Yup, that’s exactly right on the pasta. As she was busy, she had me do that part myself, and as many times as I’ve had this particular dish in the past mfphty-mfph years, I too had never heard of it. But hey, it works, so I ain’t gonna argue!

  7. Another simple twist to this recipe would be to melt the Velveeta in the microwave with the milk. Skip the butter and flour and just add to the macaroni. Pour macaroni and cheese mixture into the cassarole and layer with sharp cheese. It is very simple and delicious! Does anyone do a great mac and cheese in the crockpot?

  8. This IS the only mac & cheese I ever had growing up. For some reason, dad’s was always better even though they made the same recipe. But my parents passed away when I was in my teens and never got this recipe. thank you very much.

  9. You’re welcome, Karen! Mom made the mistake of “loaning” me her own three-ring binder cookbook with her family recipes in it. Now that she knows she’s not getting it back (!), she has to call to get her own recipes. 😉 Let me ask you this: Anything else you’re looking for that might be in there?

  10. I grew up in G.P.Mich. My mother would make a wonderful pea soup which started with a rue to start. I believe it was a French perhaps French Canadian recipe. She
    would add a can of peas…unfortunately I was never at her side as she made it. I now live in Florida and was served this same recipe by someone whom I have not seen again and wish I’d had the nerve then to ask for her recipe. Could you or anyone by chance know of this wonderful soup and please share it with me…? Unfortunately I lost my mother 2 years ago and due to her health I never had a chance to have her repeat the recipe to me…I would be forever grateful……
    Sending you sunshine,
    Packard Forrest

  11. Simply outstanding and super impressed everyone at the college graduation party. So glad I stumbled upon this in my Googling. Loved how you wrote it out too – very funny. Thanks!

  12. Had “Martha’s Best Mac and Cheese” yesterday – and it wasn’t!

    This is the recipe I was looking for…
    My mother put crushed corn flakes on top to bake a great crunchy crust on top.

  13. Just made this for my 4 yr olds birthday party, hope I don’t eat it all before the guests get here. MMMMM-good.

  14. i just made your recipe. i made it in half since it was just my husband and i. i didn’t like the pasta so much, it didn’t seem fully cooked for me. but after letting it sit until we were going to eat and then letting it cook in the oven for about 20 min. it was fine. i guess it cooked a bit more. since i made the recipe in half (very easy by the way) i found i needed more pasta so i had to make some more. half a pound of macaroni pasta is about 1 3/4 cups, but i ended up making 2 3/4 cups. it all worked out in the end and it was delicious!!!! thank you so much!!!

  15. @kirsten, because of the improvised nature of this recipe, I’m wondering if changing the amounts also requires changes in timings and such. Maybe it simply doesn’t scale well? I’m not sure … I’ve just always eaten whatever’s there, so there’s been no need to change it! 😉

  16. it is WONDERFUL.. the only thing i do is at the end.. instead of putting it into a butter bowl.. i put it into a buttered dish and bake it for about..30 minutes.. mmm… oh and i add minced onion to the elbow macaroni while its cooking!

  17. I made this last night. I used penne pasta instead of macaroni and added some diced and cooked bacon at the end and it was divine!

    Thanks for the recipe.

  18. Dave, I am suffering from MAJOR food lust right now!! Its been a while since I’ve had my mac and cheese fix (because of my protesting hips and milk hating intestines). I think it might be time though after seeing these pictures..

    These posts make me thankful that i am a live-at-home college kid that gets to eat and cook homemade food rather than crappy salad bars every day, and gives me new ideas to try!

  19. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. For thanksgiving last year, I made your mac and cheese the night before-and added cheddar cheese and panko bread crumbs on top before reheating in the oven. It came out ridiculously good. Cheesy, creamy, and crunchy. The whole family came back for seconds…and thirds.

  20. I am thrilled I’m not the only person who goes for ketchup on mac and cheese! Stop snickering people, it is delicious! Can’t wait to serve this up at Thanksgiving…. with ketchup on the side for the timid.

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  22. I think this is how my Mom used to make it, I could never recall exactly how she did it~thanks for sharing this, I can’t wait to make it!

  23. Hi i am going to be cooking this friday for my daughters first bday on saturday as i have a 5 year old as well and two other kids will be there so all food is geared for kids! hot dogs mac n cheese baked beans and fruit salad. anyways, what is a double boiler?? lol i don’t have one so how should i melt my cheese? i am going to just try it in a regular pan since i have no double boiler or could i add a stainless steel bowl into a regular pot???? i do have those. appreciate the recipe this is my first home made mac n cheese. i’m sending the kids to you if i burn it! lol

  24. A stainless steel bowl in a pot is basically what mom would use, but they actually came that way from RevereWare. It would work, sure. Have fun, and happy birthday!

  25. Hi Dave,My mom used to make mac and cheese with béchamel sauce and cheddar cheese, but I’ve had some made with velveeta I really loved it( aLso question if it is really cheese, that is why I have always made the cream sauce and cheese.) I looked for a recipe, yours looks good I’m going to try it later this week.

  26. Am I to understand that this recipe is just prepared and put in a bowl and not cooked for twenty to thirty minutes? Just prepared and let it sit a few minutes and serve without cooking more in oven?

    Thank you
    Cheryl Terry

  27. Cheryl, that’s correct. Mom never baked this and I’m not so sure I would like it as much if someone did.

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