White Cheddar Shells Tips
Is it better to shred your own white cheddar cheese when making white cheddar shells?
When it comes to getting the smoothest cheese sauce possible, it’s best to shred the cheese
yourself. If you use store-bought shredded cheese, you may find your sauce has a little grittiness to it and the cheese may not melt completely. That’s because some shredded cheeses contain cellulose
, which helps cheese from clumping together in the bag. It’s going to be worth the extra effort to shred the cheese yourself. You can make it a little easier by using a food processor with the grater attachment.
What other kinds of cheeses can you add to white cheddar shells?
You can pretty much put any type of cheese you’d like in these white cheddar shells, but most mac and cheese recipes all contain plain cheddar so you could start by adding that. Then, go ahead and play with additional cheeses: Brie will give it creaminess while American or processed cheese will melt quickly and will also give your white cheddar shells a creamy texture.
Can you bake these white cheddar shells?
Many homemade mac and cheeses tell you to mix everything together, pour the mixture into a baking dish and then pop it into the oven. This gives the top a nice brown color, but can dry out the mixture a little—so keep that in mind if you choose to do so. If you like that golden brown top, go ahead and pop these white cheddar shells in the oven until they reach your desired doneness. If you liked this recipe, try more of our best mac and cheese recipes
. —James Schend, Taste of Home Deputy Culinary Editor
1 cup: 538 calories, 27g fat (16g saturated fat), 79mg cholesterol, 565mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 23g protein.