2-Cheese Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

February 5, 2016
With this 2-Cheese Baked Macaroni and Cheese recipe, everyone's favorite classic side dish is made extra creamy & delicious with 2 cheeses and an easy-to-make white sauce slathered on top.  It's pure cheesy comfort food at it's best!

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You know those comfort foods you remember so fondly from your childhood?  Those you just totally loved and got so excited when your Mom made them?  This 2-Cheese Baked Macaroni and Cheese recipe is one of those dishes for me.

Well, actually this 2-Cheese Baked Macaroni and Cheese isn't exactly  what Mom used to make.  Mom's baked macaroni and cheese recipe is made with just one single cheese.

But true-to-form for me, I wanted to change things up a little. So I started with Mom's fabulous recipe and then tweaked it a bit.  Because changing things up to see if I can make variations of great recipes is just what I love to do!

The two varieties of cheddar cheese blend together beautifully to create simply amazing flavor.

In this case, I kept the base of Mom's classic baked macaroni and cheese recipe -- complete with an easy-to-make white sauce that makes the mac & cheese bake up extra creamy -- and changed the recipe to include a combination of two kinds of delicious cheddar cheese.

The result?

Pure comfort food deliciousness in a pan!  

And I have to say, this 2-cheese version is even better than the baked macaroni and cheese of my childhood memories.  The two varieties of cheddar cheese blend together beautifully to create simply amazing flavor.

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2-Cheese Baked Macaroni and Cheese Ingredients

Three components come together to create this flavorful and creamy baked macaroni and cheese -- noodles, white sauce, and the cheese.  When it comes to the cheese, I strongly recommend using block cheese that you shred yourself, as it tends to melt better and be creamier than packaged pre-shredded cheese.  

To whip up a pan, you'll need:

  • Elbow macaroni - Creates the noodle base of the dish.

  • Basic white sauce - A layer of white sauce on top of the macaroni and cheese layers makes this version of mac & cheese ultra-creamy, and ultra-delicious. Make white sauce with a mixture of butter and milk thickened with flour, and seasoned simply with salt and pepper. 

  • Vermont white sharp cheddar cheese - This bold-flavored cheddar variety brings nice tang to the dish.  I use Cabot Vermont extra sharp or seriously sharp.

  • Mild orange cheddar cheese - This milder cheddar lends a mellow cheese flavor to the dish, and beautifully melts to surround the macaroni noodles.

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How to Make 2-Cheese Baked Macaroni and Cheese

To make a pan of this 2- cheese deliciousness, start by layering cooked macaroni and shredded cheese in a baking dish. -- Keep in mind, you'll get a better-flavored and creamier result if you use block cheese that you shred yourself, as it tends to melt better than packaged pre-shredded cheese.

You'll make two layers each of macaroni and shredded cheese.  

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While the macaroni cooks for the macaroni and shredded cheese layers, whip up a pan of basic white sauce.

Start the white sauce by melting butter in saucepan, and then whisking in flour to create a paste-like mixture.  Flour acts as the thickener for the white sauce.

Then, gradually add in milk.  Whisk and cook the mixture until it thickens, and then season it with a little salt and pepper.

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Spread the white sauce evenly over the top of the macaroni and cheese.

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Then top everything off with a final sprinkling of shredded cheese.

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Bake everything up until the cheese is melty and just beginning to lightly brown -- and the creamy white sauce is all hot and bubbly around the edges.

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Then dig into the pure comfort food deliciousness in a pan!  

And with this 2-Cheese Baked Macaroni and Cheese recipe?  That comfort food deliciousness is even better than Mom's baked mac and cheese of my childhood memories.

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Side Dishes
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Yield: about 10-12 servings
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2-Cheese Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

2-Cheese Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

This classic side dish is made extra creamy & delicious with 2 cheeses and an easy-to-make white sauce slathered on top. It's pure cheesy comfort food at it's best!
Prep time: 30 MCook time: 45 MTotal time: 75 M

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 c. (8 oz.) uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 1/2 c. grated Vermont white sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 c. grated mild orange cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 c. unsalted butter
  • 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 c. whole milk
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • fresh parsley for garnish {optional}

Instructions:

  1. Cook macaroni in salted water; drain. Combine cheeses..
  2. In a 1 & 1/2-quart baking dish coated with non-stick cooking spray, layer macaroni and cheese in this order: 1. 1/2 of the macaroni, 2. one cup cheese mixture, 3. remaining macaroni, and 4. one cup cheese mixture. Set aside.
  3. Prepare white sauce: Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat and whisk in flour. Return to heat and gradually whisk in milk. Add salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, stirring; boil gently for one minute.
  4. Pour white sauce evenly over the top of the casserole. Top with remaining one cup cheese mixture.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees for 35-45 minutes until cheese is melted and top is lightly browned. Sprinkle top with chopped parsley, if desired.
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2 comments

  1. Now this looks like a legit mac & cheese! I love how simple the ingredients are- totally delish!

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  2. I love Macaroni and Cheese, your recipe looks awesome! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a fantastic day!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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