Down-Home Macaroni & Cheese

278  Ratings
  • 25 min prep
  • 45 min total
  • Makes 5 servings, 1 cup each.

With all due respect to the mac, mac and cheese is all about the cheese: the creamy melt, the richness in every bite. This is as near to perfection as you’ll find.

Down-Home Macaroni & Cheese Recipe


  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, divided
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 lb. (8 oz.) VELVEETA®, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni, cooked
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 RITZ Crackers, crushed (about 1/4 cup)


  • Heat  oven to 350°F.
  • Melt  3 Tbsp. butter in medium saucepan on medium heat. Whisk in flour; cook 2 min., stirring constantly. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to boil; cook and stir 3 to 5 min. or until thickened. Add VELVEETA; cook 3 min. or until melted, stirring frequently. Stir in macaroni.
  • Spoon  into 2-qt. casserole sprayed with cooking spray; sprinkle with cheddar. Melt remaining butter; toss with cracker crumbs. Sprinkle over casserole.
  • Bake  20 min. or until heated through.

Recipe Tips

Better For YouSave 50 calories and 8g of fat, including 5g of saturated fat, per serving by preparing with fat-free milk, 2% Milk VELVEETA, shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese and RITZ Reduced Fat Crackers.

Special ExtraStir in 1/4 cup bacon bits with the cooked macaroni.

SubstituteSubstitute American cheese for the VELVEETA.


Nutrition Information

Makes 5 servings, 1 cup each.

Nutrition per serving:

    • Calories 460 
    • Total fat 25 g
    • Saturated fat 15 g
    • Cholesterol 75 mg
    • Sodium 870 mg
    • Carbohydrate 42 g
    • Dietary fiber 2 g
    • Total sugars 8 g
    •     Includes added sugars n/a
    • Protein 17 g
    • Vitamin A 20 %DV
    • Vitamin C 0 %DV
    • Vitamin D n/a
    • Calcium 50 %DV
    • Iron 10 %DV
    • Potassium n/a
    • n/a indicates that data is not available

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