The Best Mac and Cheese Recipe Without the Work!
Golden brown bread crumbs topped on pasta mixed with a sharp cheddar and cream cheese sauce make this the best restaurant style macaroni and cheese recipe. This homemade mac and cheese can be served as a main dish or a side dish with the addition of healthy veggies. Win win, right?
MACARONI AND CHEESE
Gourmet Mac and Cheese doesn't have to be made from scratch. A few additions and tips will have you eating a creamy and delicious bowl of cheesy pasta that you won't want to share. With ingredients like spinach, cream cheese, butter, heavy cream, and bread crumbs, this can be an all-in-one meal. Mac and Cheese recipes are a kid friendly and an every adult comfort food, right? Plus, when it's easy to make who says it can't be replaced with a meal.
What kind of pasta to use for homemade macaroni and cheese?
Macaroni for one is a great choice as the dish suggests. My second favorite for macaroni recipes include shell pasta. Other options can be bow tie pasta and cavatappi.
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What ingredients do I need for restaurant style mac and cheese?
- 1 box of boxed macaroni and cheese (Kraft, Velveeta, Annie’s, etc)
- Cream cheese (as much or little as you like)
- Handful of finely chopped spinach
- 4 tablespoon Panko breadcrumbs
- 2 tablespoon Butter
- Diced jalapeños-optional (pre-cooked or canned)
- Splash of milk-optional (for consistency)
Recommended boxed macaroni and cheese brands
- Annie's Organic White Cheddar Mac and Cheese
- Organics Mac and Cheese
- Velveeta Mac and Cheese
How to make restaurant style mac and cheese
- Make the Mac and cheese according to the boxed instructions.
- Keep the heat on low for the pot and add the finely chopped spinach.
- Add the chunks of cream cheese (cut it off of the block or spoon it out of a container. You want to have chunks and not blend it in)
- Add the jalapeños and milk
- Then mix gently so the cream cheese does not break. The spinach will begin to wilt bc the macaroni and cheese should still be hot.
- Place the Mac and Cheese in an oven safe pan.
- Now you can make the bread crumbs.
- Heat a small pot and add butter to it. Let it melt and add the Panko bread crumbs
- Brown the crumbs slightly.
- Spread it over the Mac and cheese
- Bake in a 350 degree oven for 5 minute. The bread crumbs can brown easily so keep an eye on it.
Tips to make the best restaurant style macaroni and cheese
- If you pre-make this dish, then cover the pan with foil and bake for about 10 minutes in a 350 degree oven and then uncover and bake for 2-3 minutes. Or you can microwave it before placing it in the oven.
- You can use any pre-packaged Mac and Cheese for this recipe. I love Velveeta brand or Annie’s white cheddar shells
- Chop the spinach very finely so it wilts during the mixing process.
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The Best Restaurant Style Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
Easy Gourmet Mac and Cheese
- 1 box macaroni and cheese (Kraft, Velveeta, Annie's, etc)
- 4 oz cream cheese (more or less)
- handful spinach, finely chopped
- 4 tablespoon panko breadcrumbs
- 2 tablespoon butter
- splash milk
- diced jalapeno (optional)
- Heat a small pan with butter on medium heat.
- Once the butter is melted add the Panko Bread Crumbs.
- Cook for about a minute until very lightly browned and remove from the heat.
MACARONI AND CHEESE
- Prepare the mac and cheese according to the boxed instructions
- Once done, keep the mac and cheese pot on low and add finely chopped spinach to it.
- Add chunks of cream cheese. TIP: cut it off of the block or spoon it out of a container. You want to have chunks and not blend into the sauce.
- Add jalapenos and a splash of milk.
- Mix gently so the cream cheese does not begin to melt in the warm pot. The spinach will begin to wilt at this point.
- Place mac and cheese in an oven safe pan.
- Pour the breadcrumbs over the macaroni and cheese and spread evenly across the top.
- Bake in a 350 degree oven for 3-5 minutes. The bread crumbs can brown quick, so it's best to keep an eye on it.
- ENJOY! <3