Velveeta Mac and Cheese

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Velveeta Mac and Cheese is dreamy, creamy and delicious! This easy mac & cheese recipe starts with a homemade cheese sauce. The addition of Velveeta adds some creamy comfort while a couple of handfuls of real cheddar add a deeper cheese flavor.

This macaroni recipe is hearty and heartwarming perfect as a side dish or as a potluck dish when you want to have a crowd pleaser!

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Velveeta is one of those foods that take us back to childhood. It has been around since 1918, gracing everything from grilled cheese sandwiches to cheese sauce. It’s added to casserole recipes and used in rotel dip or drizzled over loaded nachos. It’s even been used as fishing bait! No kidding!

How to Make Velveeta Mac and Cheese

This super easy homemade recipe can be baked or made on the stovetop. It can even be assembled in advance and stored in the fridge until it’s time for the oven!

  1. Cook the first four ingredients in a saucepan. Add milk and whisk gently until smooth.
  2. Add cubed Velveeta and continue to whisk until the cheese is melted and smooth.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the shredded cheeses and macaroni.
  4. Pour into a casserole dish and sprinkle with topping. Then bake!

This easy casserole dish is a full meal in itself but it delicious served with garlic bread and a caesar salad on the side.

Ingredients for Velveeta Mac and Cheese in a pot and a dish

Delicious Mac and Cheese Additions

So many add-ins, what a great way to get extra veggies into the kids or to use up leftovers!

  • Meat: bacon bits or ham, ground beef or shredded chicken/turkey
  • Veggies: peas, carrots or broccoli, diced or Rotel style tomatoes, black olives or sliced jalapeños

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How to Reheat Mac and Cheese

Velveeta Mac and Cheese is super easy to store, freeze, and reheat, too!

  • To Store: Scoop mac and cheese into a zippered bag or a container with a tightly fitting lid. Keep refrigerated until ready to reheat.
  • To Freeze: Use an airtight container but be sure to label the zippered bag or container with the date. Frozen mac and cheese should keep in the freezer about two months.
  • To Reheat: Pop in the microwave or heat up on the stovetop. Add a little bit of milk to loosen it up and don’t forget to refresh the flavors with a dash of salt and pepper!

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Velveeta Mac and Cheese on a white plate
4.95 from 201 votes
Review Recipe

Velveeta Mac and Cheese

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Velveeta mac and cheese is a hearty and heartwarming meal!


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ pound Velveeta cubed
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni measured dry (approx. 8 ounces)
  • ½ cup sharp cheddar
  • ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons cheddar cheese

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  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cook macaroni al dente according to package directions. Drain.
  • Melt butter, flour, mustard powder, and onion powder in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook 1-2 minutes.
  • Add milk a little at a time whisking after each addition. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir in cubed Velveeta and continue stirring until melted and creamy. Remove from heat and add sharp cheddar. Stir in macaroni.
  • Spread macaroni into a 2QT baking dish. Combine topping ingredients in a small bowl and sprinkle overtop.
  • Bake 20 minutes or until hot and crumbs are golden.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 394, Carbohydrates: 45g, Protein: 19g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 46mg, Sodium: 764mg, Potassium: 303mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 746IU, Calcium: 369mg, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword velveeta mac and cheese
Course Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine American
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  1. I made this yesterday. It tasted fine, but it was too dry, even after I added more milk to the sauce. Disappointed.4 stars

    1. This recipe is best baked just before serving and can be made up to 48 hours ahead. Enjoy Donna!

  2. I can NEVER master Mac and cheese for some reason… always seems too dry, and all the creamy cheese gets absorbed in the macaroni! What am I doing wrong? Btw, I am typically a pretty good cook…..just never do this right! HELP!!

    1. While I can’t say for sure, my guess would be that the macaroni is overcooked. If it is dry, add a bit more milk to help with the moisture. Hope that helps Kathleen!

  3. This recipe was delicious!! I made it for my son-in-laws 30th birthday and everyone loved it!! This will be my go to recipe from now on.

  4. Lovely recipe. I really liked how this recipe didn’t leave me with dry macaroni and cheese. It was quite tasty.

    I added about four more ounces of Velveeta because I like my Mac and cheese very creamy. I used half and half instead of milk. Instead of sharp cheddar, I used Monterey cheese. Someone mentioned it was bland so I mixed some smoked paprika and pepper into the cheese sauce. I also used about half a cup of Townhouse buttery crackers instead of Panko breadcrumbs. I was making bacon for a different recipe so I used about a tablespoon of bacon grease and sprinkled it on top to make sure the Mac and cheese didn’t dry out.

  5. Very easy to make. Very delicious. My family really enjoyed & i sliced kielbasa in to it & omg. Thankyou for the recipe

  6. Made this for dinner tonight and absolutely loved it!! The cheese sauce was so delicious and creamy, we will be making this dish again for sure!5 stars