Super creamy homemade Velveeta Mac and Cheese is our family favorite recipe. Easy, from scratch, baked mac and cheese is comfort food at its best! Pressure Cooker, gluten free, or stovetop directions included in recipe notes.
Spray a 11X7 or 2 1/2 quart casserole dish with cooking spray. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
Cook the macaroni according to the directions for almost al dente (about 1 minute less). The macaroni will finish cooking in the oven once it’s assembled. Drain and set aside. (See recipe notes for gluten free adaptation.)
Melt the butter in large saucepan over medium heat. As soon as the butter is melted, whisk in flour, salt, and pepper. Cook for about 30 seconds - 1 minute, or until mixture bubbles.
Slowly whisk milk into butter / flour mixture and bring to a boil. Boil for 1-2 minutes, or until thickened.
Reduce heat to low and gradually add chopped cheese, a handful at a time. Stir until cheese is melted and sauce is smooth, about 5 minutes. Stir in cooked macaroni.
Transfer combined mac and cheese to prepared casserole dish. Top with cheddar cheese, if desired, and bake for 30 minutes, or until cheese topping is melted and mac and cheese is bubbly.
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Pressure Cooker Velveeta Mac and Cheese
Stir together 2 cups water or chicken broth (recommended for more flavor, but decrease salt to 1/4 teaspoon), 2 cups uncooked macaroni, 3 tablespoons butter, salt, and pepper in the pressure cooker. Omit flour from recipe.
Seal lid and cook on HIGH pressure for 5 minutes (for regular pasta or gluten free). Quick release pressure.
Add 3/4 cups milk and cubed cheese. Heat on SAUTE LOW, stirring constantly, until cheese melts and sauce is smooth. Stir in additional 1/2 cup - 1 cup freshly shredded cheddar cheese for extra cheesy flavor.
Serve immediately or transfer to a baking dish. Top with shredded cheese or other desired toppings, and broil for 1-2 minutes.
When boiling the gluten free macaroni, cook it for half the time called for al dente pasta. Gluten free pasta has a tendency to overcook and become mushy. By par-boiling the pasta, it will finish cooking in the oven as it bakes.
Velveeta Mac and Cheese on the StovetopSave yourself time and extra step by making Velveeta Mac and Cheese entirely on the stovetop. Prepare recipe as written, except reduce milk by 1/2 cup. After the cheese has melted into the sauce, stir in cooked macaroni, and serve!Toppings or Mix-Ins for Baked Mac and Cheese
Shredded cheese, such as grated cheddar, pepper jack, sharp cheddar, or parmesan