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White Cheddar Mac & Cheese

My mac and cheese is simple and has lots of flavor from the cheeses and ground chipotle chile. I use conchiglie pasta because its shape allows more melted cheese to pool inside. Yum! —Colleen Delawder, Herndon, Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) small pasta shells
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups 2% milk
  • 2 cups shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups shredded Manchego or additional white cheddar cheese


  • In a 6-qt. stockpot, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain; return to pot.
  • Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour and seasonings until smooth; gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir until thickened, 6-8 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in cheeses until melted. Add to pasta; toss to coat.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 650 calories, 35g fat (22g saturated fat), 101mg cholesterol, 607mg sodium, 55g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 27g protein.


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  • pattysue
    Jan 17, 2021

    I absolutely loved this recipe and my husband said this was the best mac and cheese I have ever made. I read all the reviews but only made minor adjustments..... Medium shells, cause that's all I had, and there was not too much sauce... I'm thinking that made the difference. I also added 1tsp. of ground mustard and cut the chipotle pepper to 1/4 tsp. Also placed in a 9x13 casserole dish, topped with seasoned panko bread crumbs and baked for about 25 minutes as suggested. This will be my go to mac and cheese from now on.... Thanks for sharing!!!!

  • Tammy
    Sep 9, 2020

    I love this recipe and I love all the cheesy sauce myself and used lactose free milk and I didn’t have any chipotle pepper. It is very easy to make and fast. I bet it would be great baked with crumbled ritz crackers on top! I used two cups of fresh white cheddar cheese that I shredded and two cups of shredded cheddar jack cheese! Delish.

  • julie-locke1
    Sep 22, 2019

    I would give it 5 stars but I have to agree with other reviews that there is way too much sauce. I think you could cut it in half for a box of pasta. We made with a chipotle pork tenderloin on the grill and some garlic bread (anticipating the sauce). It was delicious!

  • MamaMeese
    Sep 9, 2019

    This was good, but it was VERY saucy. I made it alongside grilled steak, but it could have used some bread to cut the creaminess of the sauce.

  • amsm
    Nov 4, 2018

    I was excited to try this macaroni and cheese because I love white cheddar. I think that it was the chipotle powder that wasn't quite my taste. This also had a lot of sauce. Not sure why, as I followed the directions step by step. I might try this again with some of my own modifications.

  • cynandtom
    Oct 17, 2018

    I followed initial part of recipe without changes. However, as we often do since it is only the two of us, we cook pasta slightly under, divide into 3 casserole dishes (top it with whatever I’m feeling) and change it from stovetop recipe to Baked. Tonight, I topped with Panko and Parm. (Two for freezer) Creamy, delicious Mac and Cheese! Love the sharpness of the white cheddar!

  • Ally
    Jun 30, 2018

    I hated this recipe..

  • wilmacpowers
    Jan 26, 2018

    I made this recipe almost as written and it is delicious. The one thing I did differently was to bake it for about 20-25 minutes until the top was bubbly and a little bit browned. I have made it twice now. Delicious!

  • cshuffles
    Jan 10, 2018

    I made this recipe as written, except I used 1% milk because that’s what I had. It was easy to make and we loved the flavor. I will definitely be making this recipe again!

  • robbrd
    Oct 23, 2017

    Good recipe. We had it with grilled chicken and a salad. My child that doesn't care for mac n' cheese because it is too cheesy, ate it. Good enough amount to make every one happy in this house.