Grown-up White Mac and Cheese

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Mac and Cheese- This is the best grown up version of the classic Mac and Cheese. The mixture of Fontina and Aged cheddar makes a creamy delicious sauce.

Hi Friends,

Can I just say, that if there was such a thing as the PERFECT food- mac and cheese would get my vote! Every single time!!!   Growing up, it seems as if Mac and cheese was always present at every celebration, every event, every Sunday dinner. We are big fans .  I am pretty sure I only ate Mac-N- cheese until the age of 10. It always saved the day. Now as an adult, I’ve made a million  versions of Mac -N- cheese however I always come back to this one.

Mac and Cheese- This is the best grown up version of the classic Mac and Cheese. The mixture of Fontina and Aged cheddar makes a creamy delicious sauce.

Mac and Cheese- This is the best grown up version of the classic Mac and Cheese. The mixture of Fontina and Aged cheddar makes a creamy delicious sauce.

Not much has changed since I was 10- I still wear my hair in braids, I still love to watch Tom and Jerry cartoons ( thank goodness I have kids so watching it seems legit now). My love for spinach knows no bounds. I honestly thought that I could be as strong as Popeye if I only ate enough spinach. I know I know but I was only 7, give me a break.   

Mac and Cheese- This is the best grown up version of the classic Mac and Cheese. The mixture of Fontina and Aged cheddar makes a creamy delicious sauce.

Once per week Abdel and I will have a date night. Usually we’ll go out but more often than not we stay at home to catch up with the shows on our DVR. Usually it involves a comedy, popcorn but once in a while we’ll make a special dish — AKA Mac -N- cheese. Shhhhhh, don’t tell but we usually don’t share it with the kids. Don’t judge us, Le struggle is real.

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The cast of characters: Pasta, Spinach, mustard, onion, sour cream and cheeeeeeese. Lets take a minute to talk about the cheeses– aged cheddar  along with fontina are my go to cheese.   I love mixing at least 2 different cheeses when I make Mac-N- cheese because I find that you can really taste the flavor from each. So the fontina cheese is creamy- melts like a dream and the aged cheddar has a sharp cheesy goodness that you crave when you are eating Mac-N- cheese. This Mac-N- cheese doesn’t have a roux but it has other ingredients (sour cream) that makes it just as creamy.

Mac and Cheese- This is the best grown up version of the classic Mac and Cheese. The mixture of Fontina and Aged cheddar makes a creamy delicious sauce.

Mac and Cheese- This is the best grown up version of the classic Mac and Cheese. The mixture of Fontina and Aged cheddar makes a creamy delicious sauce.

Did I mention, this is all made in one pot? Yup, I made everything in one pot and then stuck it in the oven to bake. Just make sure that you use a oven safe pot from the get go. Don’t wait to make this mac and cheese!

Mac and Cheese- This is the best grown up version of the classic Mac and Cheese. The mixture of Fontina and Aged cheddar makes a creamy delicious sauce.

Mac and Cheese- This is the best grown up version of the classic Mac and Cheese. The mixture of Fontina and Aged cheddar makes a creamy delicious sauce.

Grown-up White Mac and Cheese

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Macaroni
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1-1/2 cups Whole Milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain Mustard
  • 8 oz Fontina Cheese Grated
  • 16 oz sharp white cheddar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt More To Taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 large onion finely diced
  • 2 sprigs Thyme
  • 2 cups fresh spinach

Instructions

  • Cook macaroni until very firm. According to the box instructions. Macaroni should be too firm to eat. Drain. Set aside.
  • In a large pot, melt butter and add onion. Cook for 2 minutes until soft but not brown. Add Thyme.
  • Pour in milk, add mustard, sour cream and combine. Reduce heat to low.
  • Add in cheese and stir until melted.
  • Add salt and pepper. Taste sauce and add more salt as needed. Do not under-salt, by the time you add pasta it will even out the salt flavor. Remember no one like bland pasta!
  • Pour in drained, cooked macaroni and stir to combine. Add spinach and combine.
  • Top with extra cheese, and bake for 20 minutes or until bubbly on top. Enjoy!
Author: Ann Stewart

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  1. OMG, this looks amazing! I love Mac n Cheese all day everyday! 🙂

    1. I totally agree! I personally think it is a super food… hahaha!

  2. Love the inclusion of such great cheese selections in this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I’m glad you like it!! 🙂

  3. My hubby was just talking about mac-n-cheese! Wait until I show him this version!!! Pinned!

    1. My hubster loves Mac ‘n cheese too. I hope you guys enjoy it 🙂

  4. Looks so yummy! Love Mac and Cheese, and can’t wait to try this.

    1. Thanks Heather! Let me know how you like it 🙂

  5. Your grown up white mac and cheese looks delicious (I can see why you don’t want to share it) and I love that it’s all in one pot.

    1. One pot meals are essential in my life right now… hahahaha! Thanks Tamuria!

  6. My husband will love this recipe. Cheeeez! Yes pleeeeaz!

    1. We are two birds of a feather. I loooooooooove cheese!

  7. i definitely shouldn’t have read this on an empty stomach! It looks heavenly, I’ll definitely try this soon.

    1. Just looking at mac ‘n cheese makes me hungry, I’m currently talking to my therapist about that. Thanks, Samantha! I hope you like it 🙂

  8. This looks seriously amazing!

    1. Thank you Amy! I hope you like it 🙂

  9. Who doesn’t love Mac and Cheese??? And my kids love it when I come up with a new version! Your recipe is making it to my meal plan for next week! It looks and sounds delicious

    1. Thank you so much Victoria! My kids do gaga for Mac ‘n cheese too.

  10. Mac n’ cheese is definitely my favorite comfort food and I’m excited by this grown up version! Love the addition of mustard! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much! Mustard saved the day again 🙂

  11. I love mac and cheese- I love your recipe . I am a big fan of adding the veggies into my mac and cheese – this looks amazing – on my list to try!

    1. i need this in my life!!

      1. Me too, I ❤️ Mac ‘n cheese!

  12. Yum! This looks delicious. I’m definitely making it….probably just for me and my husband too. Pinned!

    1. Awesome Shann Eva!!! I hope you guys like it 🙂

  13. Looks amazing!

    1. Thank you C_dub! Let me know how you liked it 🙂

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