Velveeta Mac and Cheese
One of the first mac and cheese recipes that many of us start out with is this easy old-fashioned Velveeta Mac and Cheese with just a few simple ingredients and a few simple steps.
This is one of our favorite mac and cheese recipes because it’s simple to prepare and so creamy and so delicious. And, it’s also easy enough for the beginner cook to tackle.
Velveeta Mac and Cheese Directions
- Cook noodles and drain
- Melt butter in a sauce pan and stir in salt and flour
- Add everything else and bring to a light simmer.
- Add the cooked macaroni back to the pan and stir.
A Simple and Delicious Velveeta Mac and Cheese Recipe the Whole Family will Love
- 3 cups elbow macaroni (uncooked)
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1-1/4 cups milk
- 1 cup half-and-half
- (4 oz.) Velveeta Cheese, cut into small pieces
- 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- salt and pepper, to taste
Cook macaroni according to package directions, drain and keep warm in the pan.
While the macaroni is cooking, melt the butter in a medium sauce pan. Lightly salt the butter after it has melted.
With the heat on medium-high, slowly stir in the flour a little at a time.
After a paste has formed, slowly add the milk, stirring constantly.
Add the half-and-half, mustard and the salt to the pan. Bring to a simmer and let cook for about 4 minutes or until the sauce is thickened.
Add the cheese cubes and stir until the cheese has melted.
Pour the cheese sauce over the cooked noodles and stir gently until well combined.
Stir in additional chunks of Velveeta cheese if desired. Sprinkle mac and cheese with salt and pepper.
Pour the cheese sauce in with the cooked macaroni and stir gently to combine. You can also add additional butter and chunks of Velveeta cheese.
You can add anything you like to this macaroni and cheese recipe, but this is the basic recipe with a basic cheese sauce. Toss in some cheddar cheese or top with bread crumbs and butter and bake for about 15 minutes until the top is crispy and delicious.
You can even add chopped fresh broccoli to the macaroni as it cooks. Just add the broccoli about 5 minutes before the macaroni is done cooking.
Velveeta cheese makes a sauce that is creamy and delicious. It’s perfect for anyone, even picky eaters, because it has a mild flavor that is not overwhelming.
This is a great recipe for any beginner cook because it’s simple and it teaches you how to make a basic white sauce. You can learn more about how to make a basic white sauce that you can use to make so many delicious dishes.
Macaroni and cheese is a very simple dish to cook and get on the table. If you are stuck for a dinner idea, mac and cheese is a perfect go-to meal.
How to Boil Elbow Macaroni?
Fill a medium pot half way with water (about 5 quarts of water or 20 cups) and add about 1 teaspoon of salt. Bring to a rolling boil and stir in pasta. Lower heat just a little so boiling water does not boil over the pot. Continue to stir pasta for about 1-2 minutes so it doesn’t stick together. Cook for about 7 minutes before checking for doneness.
How Much Macaroni to Cook Per Person
A good rule to follow is about 2 oz. of uncooked macaroni per person.
How Long Does Macaroni and Cheese Take to Cook?
You typical macaroni and cheese recipe will take about 20 minutes on average to cook depending on the cheese sauce you use. Elbow macaroni takes about 8-10 minutes depending on how soft you like your noodles. How to tell if your noodles are cooked properly? You be the judge! Start tasting a noodle after it’s been cooking for about 7-8 minutes. You should be able to tell with practice how much longer might be needed to cook the noodles to your preference.
What to Serve with Velveeta Mac and Cheese
Love macaroni and cheese as much as we do? Try our delicious white cheddar macaroni and cheese and our Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese.