This post was sponsored by Heluva Good! Cheese as part of an Influence Central campaign and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Do you like macaroni and cheese? It’s one of our favorite foods and I’m always looking for new ways to prepare it. And sure, it’s just as easy to buy a boxed mix but why not make it from scratch? I recently tried out a twist on a favorite recipe for a four cheese macaroni and cheese on the stove.
And when I say 4 cheese? I mean 4 cheese. It makes for a cheesy but not overwhelmingly cheesy dish that’s ready in less than half an hour.
Serve it on the side, for a quick lunch option, or make it into a main dish by adding a protein like chicken or ground beef. Whatever you decide to do, this delicious homemade mac and cheese will be a go-to for your family as well- I’m sure.
You can, of course, use other types of cheese- in fact, I would encourage you to do so. But, knowing my Squeaker the way that I do; I didn’t want to take it too over the top.
One of the best ways I can do this though is to have her help me with shopping.
We were at our local WalMart anyway to pick up pasta and a few other things. So we stopped by the cheese wall. And by shopping here, you can also take advantage of the limited Ibotta rebate offer. There is no expiration for this offer, but once the rebates are gone- they’re gone.
We love stopping at our local Italian market for their cheese table, so stopping near the cheese wall was nothing out of the ordinary for us. Now, it was just a matter of picking out our cheeses for the macaroni and cheese. I didn’t want to overwhelm her too much but here are the varieties that Heluva Good!® has:
- Colby Jack
- Pepper Jack
- Extra Sharp Cheddar
- Sharp Cheddar
- White Extra Sharp Cheddar
- White Sharp Cheddar
- White Mild Cheddar
- Monterey Jack
- Special Reserve Extra Sharp Cheddar
- Mild Cheddar
I knew that I wanted to make some homemade queso dip later, so I picked up a Heluva Good! Block Cheese in Pepper Jack and Jalapeno Jack. This was in addition to our choices for the macaroni and cheese: Colby Jack, White Mild Cheddar, Special Reserve Extra Sharp Cheddar, and Extra Sharp Cheddar.
We also picked up a child-friendly grater so Squeaker could help me with more of the preparation.
I love the fact that Heluva Good is gluten free so if I could make the entire recipe gluten free if needed.
Here’s the recipe:
4 Cheese Macaroni and Cheese
This easy homemade 4 cheese mac & cheese is made on the stove top and in under 30 minutes.
- 1 package pasta of choice
- 1/8 block cheese (shredded) 4 1/8 sized pieces total
- 3 tbsp butter
- 3/4 cup milk
- 2 tbsp flour
Prepare pasta according to package directions and in the meantime, shred your chosen cheeses.
When pasta is ready to drain, measure out the milk.
You can either just drain the water and leave the pasta in the pot or drain it separately
If draining separately, melt the butter in the pasta pan and add the flour. Stir until well incorporated and then add milk. Add shredded cheeses. Then add salt and pepper to taste.
Return the pasta to the pan and mix until coated with the cheese sauce.