Five Cheese Mac and Cheese

This five cheese mac and cheese if full of cheesy flavor. It’s perfect served as a main course or a delicious side dish.

Five-Cheese Mac and Cheese by Nutmeg Nanny

For most of my younger life I grew up living with my mom and step-father. Living in the house was my mom, step-dad, three brothers and myself. Basically my mother and I were totally out numbered but somehow we managed to survive. The one plus side of being the only girl in a house of boys is that you get your own bedroom. So while all three of my brothers had to squeeze into one room I had the luxury of living like a queen in a room all to myself. The downside of being the only girl in a house of boys is that I was constantly being picked on. I cannot tell you how many times I was chased around my yard while my brothers pelted me with crabapples.

One of the other positives about growing up in a house full of siblings is the food. Oh man, the food. My mom knew how to deliver at dinner time. In true Ohio fashion there were lots of casseroles and every single meal came with sliced bread and jam. Which I sorta miss. As an adult I forget about serving up white bread with butter and jam….and by butter I mean Country Crock.

Now, about this mac and cheese. She would normally have to make 2 huge dishes to feed us all and each of us would rush to scoop from the corner first. Why the corner? Because of the lovely little crispy bits…oh man.

This mac and cheese is not like your typical mac and cheese. It’s not made from a melted cheese sauce so it’s more stringy cheese than creamy cheese. This dish is hands down my favorite meal my mom makes. Even though I have the recipe {and now sharing it with you} the downside is that is never quite tastes the same. My mom must have magic hands because I just can’t seem to get it to taste exactly like hers. Or maybe it’s just because food from your mom always tastes better. I think that’s it.

Mac and Cheese Mania via Nutmeg Nanny

This is my final recipe for Mac & Cheese Mania! I’m so pumped that you all joined in on the fun. It was a blast and I loved sharing all these delicious carb filled recipes. Make sure enter in the Mac & Cheese Mania giveaway. In order to be eligible for the giveaway you MUST enter on the giveaway page ONLY. Please do not enter on this post.

Plus make sure to check out Rachel’s recipe. Today she is bringing you homemade Easy Mac! Fast, easy and delicious…yes please!

Five-Cheese Mac and Cheese by Nutmeg Nanny


Five-Cheese Mac and Cheese

This five cheese mac and cheese if full of cheesy flavor. It's perfect served as a main course or a delicious side dish.

Yield: 4 - 6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes


  • 16 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup shredded colby cheese
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Italian blend cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into small cubes
  • 3 tablespoons whole milk
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add in macaroni and cook until al dente. Drain and set aside until needed.

In a medium sized mixing bowl add all the cheese. Using your hands mix it together.

In a 9x13 dish add butter cubes evenly over the bottom. Add in half the pasta and cover with half the shredded cheese. Top with remaining pasta and remaining cheese.

Drizzle milk over the top of the mac and cheese and add to the oven.

Once the cheese has started to melt, about 10 minutes, open the oven and stir the mac and cheese together.

Bake for another 20 minutes until the top of the mac and cheese is lightly browned.

Note: You can also add in a little Velvetta if you wish to give this dish a little more creaminess.

16 Responses to “Five Cheese Mac and Cheese”

  1. #
    Julie — February 28, 2014 at 8:59 am

    I only have brothers, too. I think that’s why I’m a bit sassy. Our cat would catch chipmunks and eat them, leaving only the tail, and my brothers would then pick up the tails and put them down the back of my shirt, just to hear me squeal. My mother would tell me if I didn’t holler, they wouldn’t do it. Uh huh. You try not to scream when that hairy thing is sliding down your back. Clearly, I still haven’t forgiven them entirely. I think I’ve gained 5 pounds this week from just looking at all the delicious mac and cheese recipes that you posted. 🙂 Yum. Just yum.

  2. #
    Rachel Cooks — February 28, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Omg I need this now. Can you believe the week is over already?

  3. #
    George Mulvaney — February 28, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Five Cheeses. Be still my heart. This is on my to-do list for this weekend.

  4. #
    Anna@CrunchyCreamySweet — February 28, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    You can never have too much cheese in mac! LOVE!

  5. #
    Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking — February 28, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Oh man, getting hit with a crabapple is the worst!!! I have two brothers and suffered many bruises. PS They were pitchers on their little league teams. Ouch. Anyway, this looks amazing!!! I am soooo loving mac and cheese mania!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — February 28, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    There are so many reasons to love you and this recipe is one of them. Pass the cheese!!!

  7. #
    Tieghan Gerard — February 28, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Oh my dear gosh, this is incredible! 5 cheese! Holy heck yes and that fist photo? I mean, wow!

  8. #
    Medeja — March 1, 2014 at 5:02 am

    Looks wonderful, I can only imagine the flavor.

  9. #
    Joanne — March 2, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Moms definitely just make mac and cheese better somehow. No idea how it works or why. but they do. I am in love with the fact that this has FIVE CHEESES. The more the merrier.

  10. #
    Kelly — March 24, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    First, I just stumbled across your blog and love it! All your recipes look delicious! I’ve been wanting to try a new mac and cheese recipe and I’m definitely going to try this one. I wish I had some right now!

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    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — November 3, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Brandy. . oh my gawd, oh my gawd, oh my gawd. . I’ve seen three cheese and four cheese but never FIVE cheese. you are brilliant. love and pinned!

  12. #
    Medha @ Whisk & Shout — January 31, 2015 at 1:03 am

    This looks so amazing! I need this ASAP.

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    C. Lovick — January 9, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    You do realize that Mexican blend shredded cheese IS a mixture of cheddar and Monterey Jack. Kinda’ redundant don’t ya think?

    • nutmegnanny replied: — January 14th, 2018 @ 9:44 pm

      Hi C. Lovick – The Mexican blend I buy at the store is actually a mix of Monterey Jack, cheddar, asadero and queso quesadilla cheeses. While I realize there is some crossover I like the other cheeses that are in the mix and it’s easier for readers to find than to ask them to buy all the separate different cheeses.


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