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30-Minute White Cheddar Mac and Cheese

Ditch the boxed variety in favor of a quick and easy recipe for White Cheddar Mac and Cheese that will be on your table in 30 minutes or less.

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Few foods are as comforting and satisfying as a big ol’ pot of mac and cheese. The kind that slurps as you stir it, as a velvety smooth cheese sauce yields cheese pull after cheese pull. True Instagram-worthy stuff, if you ask me.

We mastered the sharp cheddar version and French onion version of this comfort food, so a recent purchase of way too many blocks of white cheddar meant only one thing: You get a bowl of 30-Minute White Cheddar Mac and Cheese and you get a bowl and you get a bowl!

Shredded white cheddar cheese in large stockpotShredded white cheddar cheese in large stockpot

While the creamy consistency and mild taste of white cheddar may be the initial draw here, this mom of three (boys under age 5) is all about that total recipe time of 30 minutes. Yes, just 30 minutes from start to finish.

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The setup is simple:

  • Boil your noodles of choice
  • Make your white cheddar cheese sauce
  • Add cooked noodles to said cheese sauce
  • Stir and devour

Macaroni in large pot sprinkled with black pepperMacaroni in large pot sprinkled with black pepper

While white cheddar is most definitely the star of the cheese show, I like to also use an entire cup of grated Parmesan cheese. The salty richness of the Parm punches up the creamy tanginess of the white cheddar, making these two a match in cheese-lovers’ heaven.

Easy 30-Minute White Cheddar Mac and Cheese in large stockpot next to small serving bowls with spoonsEasy 30-Minute White Cheddar Mac and Cheese in large stockpot next to small serving bowls with spoons

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30-Minute White Cheddar Mac and Cheese

  • 1
    pound
    uncooked pasta, such as cavatappi or shells
  • 4
    cups
    whole milk
  • 8
    Tablespoons
    (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/2
    cup
    all-purpose flour
  • 1/2
    teaspoon
    kosher salt
  • 1/4
    teaspoon
    black pepper
  • 3
    cups
    shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 1
    cup
    grated Parmesan cheese

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook it until al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain the pasta then set it aside.

Add the milk to a medium saucepan set over low heat. Once the milk is hot to the touch, turn off the heat and set it aside.

Add the butter to a large heavy-bottomed stockpot set over low heat. Once the butter has melted, whisk in the flour. Cook the mixture, whisking constantly, until it is pale golden in color and smells slightly toasted, about 3 minutes. 

Slowly whisk in the warm milk, whisking constantly to avoid any lumps. (The mixture will become very thick then thin out slowly.)

Increase the heat to medium and continue whisking the mixture constantly until it has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon. Whisk in the salt and pepper.

Stir in the white cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese and continue cooking, stirring frequently, until the cheese sauce is creamy and the cheese has melted.

Stir in the drained pasta then taste and season the mac and cheese with salt and pepper. Serve.

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Nutrition Facts

30-Minute White Cheddar Mac and Cheese

Amount Per Serving

Calories 851
Calories from Fat 405

% Daily Value*

Fat 45g69%

Saturated Fat 28g175%

Cholesterol 130mg43%

Sodium 876mg38%

Potassium 471mg13%

Carbohydrates 74g25%

Fiber 3g13%

Sugar 11g12%

Protein 37g74%

Vitamin A 1440IU29%

Calcium 796mg80%

Iron 2mg11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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