White Macaroni and Cheese

How to make creamy white macaroni and cheese. I used shells instead and turned it into a baked dish. Serve alone or as a side dish.

Updated 07/17/2021

Close up of a serving of White Mac and Cheese.

What is the difference between white cheddar and yellow?

They say there is no difference in taste, it’s only annatto food coloring. But, I swear the white tastes better. With this white macaroni and cheese recipe, however, I use queso blanco cheese for the white macaroni and cheese.

Should I rinse macaroni for mac and cheese?

No. If you rinse the macaroni after cooking it, you will get rid of the starches that actually help to bind the cheese to it. You typically will rinse pasta for cold pasta salads.

Should you salt your pasta water?

Yes. always do, so that when you bite into the pasta, it isn’t bland and has a “taste”.

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Close up of a serving of White Mac and Cheese.
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White Shells and Cheese

How to make creamy white macaroni and cheese. I used shells instead and turned it into a baked dish. Serve alone or as a side dish.
Course Sides
Cuisine American
Keyword baked mac and cheese, baked white cheddar mac and cheese recipe with bread crumbs, how to make creamy white mac and cheese, white mac and cheese, white mac and cheese baked, white macaroni and cheese, white macaroni cheese recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 37 minutes
5 minutes
Total Time 52 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 525kcal

Equipment

  • Sauce Pans
  • 8 x 8 Baking Dish

Ingredients

  • 3 Quarts Water
  • 12 Oz Shell Macaroni
  • 8 Oz Queso Blanco Cheese, Cubed Can sub with white cheddar (sharp or mild)
  • 1 Cup Whipping Cream
  • 1/4 Cup Bread Crumbs
  • 1 Cup White Cheddar, Shredded

Instructions

  • Pour water into a large sauce pan and bring to a boil. While waiting for the water to boil, dice the cheese.
  • Once water starts to boil, pour noodles in. Cook for 12 minutes or until tender. Drain in a colander and set aside.
    White Macaroni and Cheese
  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • In the same sauce pan, add the cheese and cream. Stir together.
    White Macaroni and Cheese
  • Pour the drained noodles on top of the cheese and stir until melted.
    White Macaroni and Cheese
  • Add mac and cheese into an 8 x 8 baking dish.
  • Sprinkle bread crumbs on top.
  • Bake at 400° for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from oven. Sprinkle white cheddar cheese on top of bread crumbs. Place back in oven for 5 more minutes.
  • Remove from oven. Let sit/cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

ITEMS/INGREDIENTS USED IN RECIPE – If you are interested in any of the items I may have used (or are similar to the items I used) in making this recipe, I have listed all or some of them above within the post.  NOTE:  These links are affiliate links of which I receive a small commission from the sale of certain item. This does not affect your price, it remains the same.

Nutrition

Calories: 525kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 792mg | Potassium: 314mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1143IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 413mg | Iron: 1mg
Close up of a serving of White Mac and Cheese.
Close up of a serving of White Mac and Cheese.
Angled view of a serving of White Mac and Cheese.

2 Comments

  1. Thanks, Bobbi, For Sharing such a quick Cheesy and Creamy recipe. What kind of different cheese we can use in this recipe? Thanks again for this quick side dish.

    • Howdy Francesco!! You could use any type of processed cheese, such as Velveeta. Did you know that it comes in a pouch now? No need to cut/dice it up. If you choose to use any type of cheddar, just remember you’ll need either milk or cream for the right consistency.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!!

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