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Not-Your-Average Mac and Cheese (No Roux or Flour)

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings
Homemade macaroni and cheese has to be one of the most beloved foods, and we're changing up the classic a bit with this easy mac and cheese recipe. There's no roux and no flour! This recipe relies on plenty of shredded sharp cheddar, sour cream, cottage cheese, and milk with a crunchy breadcrumb topping for big, creamy flavor.

Ingredients  

  • 8 oz dry macaroni noodles
  • Salt
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp ground mustard
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp chopped green onion

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente pasta in salted water. The water should taste "salty like the sea". Drain and return to the pot.
  • Add the shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, cottage cheese, milk, ground mustard, garlic, 1/2 tsp salt, and pepper and stir until well combined.
  • Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Spread the mac and cheese mixture into the dish.
  • Combine the melted butter, bread crumbs, and paprika and sprinkle evenly over the mac and cheese. Bake for 30 minutes, until mixture is bubbly and melty and the bread crumbs are browned. Broil for 30 seconds to give color if needed.
  • Top with chopped green onions and serve.

Notes

As tempting as it is to take the easy way out, this mac and cheese will be way better if you shred the cheese yourself. Pre-shredded cheese often has add ins that help the shreds not stick to one another but make it less likely to melt well.
Some of my favorite add ins include:
  • Bacon
  • Chorizo
  • Grilled chicken breast
  • Spinach
  • Chopped broccoli

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Not-Your-Average Mac and Cheese (No Roux or Flour)
Serving Size
 
6 g
Amount per Serving
Calories
455
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
28
g
43
%
Saturated Fat
 
16
g
100
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
7
g
Cholesterol
 
78
mg
26
%
Sodium
 
624
mg
27
%
Potassium
 
245
mg
7
%
Carbohydrates
 
34
g
11
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
4
g
4
%
Protein
 
18
g
36
%
Vitamin A
 
857
IU
17
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
315
mg
32
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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