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Five Cheese Mac and Cheese

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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.

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.

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

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

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

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.