The Creamiest Mac and Cheese

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The most comforting homemade macaroni and cheese recipe, using heavy cream and cream cheese to make the creamiest version you have ever tried!

The most comforting homemade macaroni and cheese recipe, using heavy cream and cream cheese to make the creamiest version you have ever tried!

There’s just something about a big, creamy pot of mac and cheese that makes everything seem right with the world.

But what does it take to make the creamiest bowl of cheesy macaroni? A couple things: using heavy whipping cream in place of milk and adding in a bit of cream cheese.

Sharp cheddar cheese is the best way to go for cheese, and I also like to add just a tad of another cheese for a balance of flavors. Mozzarella is a good basic one, and Parmesan is another option to add a bit of a nutty flavor. Just a little goes a long way.

This recipe is super simple to whip up on the stove and then it’s ready to go. No need to cook it casserole-style in the oven – that would add a crunchy layer on top and take away from the creamy style.

If you find this pasta ends up being TOO creamy (is that a thing?!) then you can always add a little bit of regular milk or water to thin the cheese out a little bit.

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The Creamiest Mac and Cheese

The most comforting homemade macaroni and cheese recipe, using heavy cream and cream cheese to make the creamiest version you have ever tried!

  • Author: Kelly Shea
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 oz.  elbow macaroni pasta
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 and 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4  cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 tsp. salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper (or to taste)

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, cook macaroni according to package instructions and drain.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium pot melt butter over medium heat.
  3. Whisk in flour for a couple minutes until thickened.
  4. Add heavy cream and stir in for a couple more minutes.
  5. Add cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese and cream cheese to milk mixture and whisk until melted.
  6. Pour cheese mixture over the drained pasta and mix until evenly coated. Top with salt and pepper.