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white cheddar mac and cheese
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5 from 7 votes

Classic White Cheddar Mac and Cheese

This white cheddar mac and cheese recipe is a classic version of everyone’s favorite comfort food. And Although the recipe is quite simple, the taste is absolute perfection! It’s rich, creamy and is oozing with cheesy goodness - it’s just what you’re looking for!
Course: pasta
Cuisine: American
Keyword: classic, mac and cheese, simple, white cheddar


  • 1 lb pasta such as delallo's shellbows
  • 3 tbsp salted butter
  • 5 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2.5 cups sharp white cheddar divided
  • 1.5 tsp franks hot sauce
  • salt and pepper


  • Boil water, add a few hefty pinches of salt and cook pasta al dente. Strain and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, melt butter in a heavy bottomed sauce pan over medium heat. Add minced garlic and pinch of salt and cook for 2 minutes or until softened but not browned.
  • Whisk in flour and let the roux cook for a few minutes or until the flour taste has disappeared.
  • Whisk in milk, then heavy cream and a few pinches of salt then turn the heat to medium-low.
  • Let the sauce simmer for 5-10 minutes so that it is thickened and slightly reduced.
  • Now whisk in 2 cups of cheese, little by little, until the sauce is smooth and creamy. Be sure to reserve the other half cup of cheddar.
  • Add the hot sauce and stir. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Mix in the pasta and then stir in the remaining half cup of cheese then serve immediately!


Turning this into a baked mac and cheese recipe is easy peasy! 
  1. Simply preheat your oven to 400F degrees.
  2. Pour the mac and cheese into an oven proof baking dish then choose which one you’d like:
FOR A CHEESY CRUST: Add 1.5 cups of shredded cheese on top and bake for about 20 minutes or until the cheesy on top is melted, blistering and bubbly!
FOR A CRUNCHY CRUST: Melt 2 tbsp of butter and mix it with 2 cups of seasoned bread crumbs. Sprinkle it on top of the mac and cheese and bake until golden brown!
Don't like hot sauce? If you have a hot sauce aversion, simply swap it for 1 tsp of yellow mustard.