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Five Cheese Mac and Cheese

This five-cheese mac and cheese is the perfect cheesy dish! Packed with a mix of 5 kinds of cheese it’s a perfect side dish or carb-loaded main course!

Five Cheese Mac and Cheese being scooped with a cheese pull.

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 outnumbered 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.

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Five Cheese Mac and Cheese scooped in a bowl.

Now, about this mac and cheese.

My mom 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 – THE BEST!

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 it 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.

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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

Author: Brandy O’Neill – Nutmeg Nanny
This five-cheese mac and cheese is full of cheesy flavor. It's perfect served as a main course or a delicious side dish.
4.58 from 14 votes
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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 F.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat.
  • When the water is boiling add in macaroni and cook until al dente.
  • Drain and set aside until needed.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl add all the cheese and stir to combine.
  • In a 9×13 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.


  1. You can also add in a little Velvetta if you wish to give this dish a little more creaminess.
  2. This is a VERY cheesy mac and cheese that is heavy on the cheese. It is not a creamy cheese sauce type of mac and cheese. It's more about pasta with melted cheese.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 613kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 760mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g
Course Side Dishes
Keyword 5 cheese mac and cheese, cheesy mac and cheese, cheesy pasta, five cheese mac and cheese, holiday side dish recipes, homemade cheesy mac and cheese, homemade mac and cheese, side dish recipes
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About Brandy!

I am a food lover and recipe developer bringing you delicious recipes that taste great and are easy to make! My food is inspired by travels around the world and my love of flavorful food. A list of things that make me happy: cats, Coke Zero, houseplants, and travel. Read more...

Recipe Rating

C. Lovick

Tuesday 9th of January 2018

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


Sunday 14th of January 2018

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.

Medha @ Whisk & Shout

Saturday 31st of January 2015

This looks so amazing! I need this ASAP.

Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

Monday 3rd of November 2014

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!


Monday 24th of March 2014

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!


Sunday 2nd of March 2014

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.


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