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Creamy Macaroni and Cheese Recipe & Giveaway

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Macaroni and Cheese is one of the ultimate comfort foods. I don’t think I need to profess why that is. 🙂

What I do need to do is to beg you to make this particular Mac & Cheese recipe. Just once. Give it a go. Then come back and let us know what you think. Because I’m betting your going to say it’s up there as one of your favorite versions (it is okay to have multiple favorites!).

One of the secret ingredients to this recipe is the sour cream. The other is, without a doubt, the extra sharp cheddar cheese. It adds both depth and texture to the dish. So much so that I like this recipe better without any bread crumb, panko, or extra cheese on top – 3 toppings I usually like on my Mac & Cheese.

We have a cheese addiction in this house. More so than chocolate. No joke, I have a couple blocks of various cheeses stocked in our fridge at all times. Mozzarella, Cheddar (Of different varying degrees of sharpness), Parmesan, American. Cheddar in particular is a problem of mine. I can just open a package and eat half a block with a big loaf of crusty bread or some pretzels. I work hard to control myself so I don’t do that (often). It’s hard!

Well, no time to cure my cheese habit just yet. Cabot Cheese has graciously offered to do a Giveaway to The Keenan Cookbook readers! One lucky participant will win a delicious Cabot Cheese Gift Basket. Enter to win so you can cook up some tasty Mac & Cheese too. Hey, make it anyway even if you don’t win. It’s good! – Details on how to enter below!

Cabot Cheese Gift Basket Giveaway!

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So cheese and fun giveaways aside, it’s been a rough week so far. Both Baby Boy and Toddler Boy are sick again after kicking their colds last week. The worst is that Baby has Bronchiolitis or some form of it. Basically a virus has inflamed his little lungs and is making it harder for him to breathe. He wheezes lightly and his breathing sounds junky, like too much phlegm. Him being only 3.5 months old, Rachel took him to the pediatrician, who gave us that diagnosis. It isn’t too serious for most people – the virus is very common and we may very well have had it, and Toddler probably does have it, but because we’re all bigger and older it doesn’t effect us the same. But Baby Boy is still a little guy, so it’s tougher on him.

He’s being a real trooper. The happiest and most smiley sick baby you’ve seen. If not for his coughing and wheezing you really wouldn’t think he was sick. So, he’s on a nebulizer every few hours with medication to help his breathing. This is our first time going through this with our kids, Toddler lucked out and never got sick like this. Seeing your little one with a breathing mask on is pretty rough. Even though I know he’ll be fine, and that this is just to help him breathe better, it still really is awful seeing your child like this and being pretty much powerless to help. I really can’t do much besides wait for this virus to clear his system (besides help him breathe easier with the medicine and keep a close eye on him).  Maybe that’s the part that is so hard, that feeling of powerlessness. I’m sure this won’t be the last time I feel this way when it comes to my children – I just hope it doesn’t happen to often.

Here’s to hoping for a quick recovery and healthier end to the week!

creamy macaroni and cheese

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese Recipe


  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups fat free milk
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) light sour cream
  • 8 ounces process cheese, cubed
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  2. Reduce heat; stir in the sour cream, process cheese, Parmesan cheese, salt, mustard and pepper until smooth and cheese is melted.
  3. Drain macaroni; toss with cheddar cheese. Transfer to a greased 3-qt. baking dish. Stir in cream sauce.
  4. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.

Recipe adapted from: Taste of Home

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30 thoughts

  • Christopher Sorel
    January 23, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    fav recipe to use yeast is some pretzel rolls

  • Karen Minehart
    January 23, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Honestly, any recipe with cheese is my favorite!! Though a good ol’ grilled cheese always hits the spot!

    • allanheinrich990@gmail.com
      October 30, 2016 at 10:42 pm

      Grilled cheese and bacon is my favorite

  • heather
    January 23, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    my fav recipe is how my mom makes it

  • Carolsue
    January 24, 2013 at 1:19 am

    I use cheese in my favorite recipe, Chili Rellenos

  • Liz Blunt
    January 24, 2013 at 10:21 am

    My favorite is Cabot extra sharp! It’s fabulous!

  • Gabrielle
    January 24, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Chris and Rachel,

    I totally agree that Mac n’ Cheese is a comfort food. That was nice of you to share your “secret” ingredient of sour cream. Sour cream really does bring out the flavor in breads and pastries as well. I have the most delicious rugelach recipe where sour cream makes all the difference. Your cookbook is so impressive! Those boys are so lucky to have two awesome parents who feed them well! (Btw, I really liked the Mac n’ Cheese at Ryan’s first birthday-I think it had bread crumbs.)

    Good luck!

  • rachel
    January 24, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Roasted acorn squash with toasted parmesan on top. Divine!

  • Elena Vo
    January 26, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Thank you so much for the generous giveaway! My favorite cheese recipe is veggie and cheese lasagna. I usually serve it with a good glass of white wine on a Saturday night. It is easy to make and feeds my guests “to the brim” 🙂

  • Ttrockwood
    January 26, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    I love cheese!!! Cheddar souffle is a favorite if i find on a restaurant menu, and the classic grilled cheese with tomato slices is common here

  • Kat Taylor
    January 28, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Nothing eats real quality cheese!

  • January 28, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Mac & cheese is definitely one of my favorites! I love a buffalo chicken mac & cheese.

  • January 28, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    I love cabot white cheddar cheese!!!!!!!!!! It makes the best mac n cheese.

  • Athena R
    January 29, 2013 at 8:18 am

    I love mac & cheese and also a good grilled cheese sandwich.

  • Jules
    January 29, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Nothing is sweeter than sharp cheddar!!!!………….(oh wait..How about Chocolate cheese..almost like a fudge..our local cheese factory in Wisconsin makes it so yummy!!!)

    • Chris
      January 29, 2013 at 9:48 am

      Chocolate cheese!! That sounds like a “must try” food!!

      • Jules
        January 29, 2013 at 11:36 am

        If you can not locate the Chocolate cheese in your local store in with all the speciality cheeses, look up it at http://www.pineriver.com . It is like a fudge..so good and addicting!!! It is located in Wisconsin about 45 min. from Green bay. They actually looks like they can ship cheese packages..so many yummy other cheeses to pick from. Wisconsin is the dairy state and makes the best cheese!

        • Jules
          January 29, 2013 at 11:41 am

          Wrong site, That one doesn’t have it…go to http://www.pineriverdairy.com sorry about that one! The other one is more of a pre-pack place, the dairy will have all the things on that other page as well. They also make the best cheese spreads to go on crackers or garlic toast!!!

          • Chris
            January 30, 2013 at 9:02 am

            Pesto Gouda! Rosemary Asiago! Be still my heart! This could be very dangerous. Definitely will have to try some of these. Thanks so much for sharing!!! Go Wisconsin!

  • Jules
    January 30, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Your welcome!!! One of the best things about living in a dairy state is going to the dairy and buying FRESH CHEESE CURDS!!!! SQUEEKEE……SQUEKEEEEEE!!! Have fun with that site!!!

    • Chris
      January 30, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      Haha you are too funny! It takes a certain kind of person to get that excited about cheese 🙂 You are in good company!

  • MP
    July 8, 2015 at 7:43 am

    Dumb question, but when you say process cheese you mean the blocked Velveeta, right?

  • Denay
    November 22, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    My partner can’t eat processed cheese like Velveeta because it contains whey. Do you have a suggestion of what might be a good substitute? Normally I would just think cheddar, but the recipe already has cheddar in it. Thanks!

    • Chris
      November 22, 2015 at 6:47 pm

      Sorry we never made it with anything else. If you give it a try with a substitute and its good please let us know and for others.

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