1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.2. In a large saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 1 minute, stirring once to avoid burning—it will bubble. Gradually whisk in the milk and 2 cups of water, then stir in the macaroni. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring the mixture to a boil. Stir frequently until the macaroni is just al dente, 8 to 10 minutes. 3. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, melt the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Add the crushed crackers and toss to coat. Toast the crumbs until browned, stirring frequently to avoid burning, for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside.4. When the macaroni is al dente, remove the pan from the heat and stir in the cream cheese, cheddar, fontina, Havarti, Gouda, and cayenne and season with salt and pepper. Stir until the cheeses have fully melted. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish. 5. Evenly sprinkle the toasted cracker crumbs over the mac and cheese and place the baking dish on a baking sheet. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the crumbs are golden brown and the sauce is bubbling. Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes (yeah, right). Garnish with fresh basil. Dig in!
I made this a few months back… This is by far my favorite mac n cheese recipe EVER! It was also very easy! I am making it again this weekend because someone ate all the left overs and I have been craving it since…. Thank you for this recipe.
Happy Wednesday!! 🌸🌤️ I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your review, so glad it turned out well for you! xT
Hi! I’m planning to make this recipe out of my beautiful new Half Baked Harvest cookbook for Easter… for the first time, no less! Anyhoo, I want to put it together in the morning and bake it around 4pm or so. Should I do anything differently to ensure delightful creaminess?
Awesome!! No adjustments needed, that should be just fine for you to do! I hope you love this recipe:) xx
Happy holidays! If I were to make this ahead of time could I reheat in the slow cooker? Thanks so much!
Sure, that should work well for you, you may need to add some milk or cream so it doesn’t dry out:) I hope you love the recipe! xT
Hey!! Love this recipe… would I be able to make it without baking it to keep it extra creamy that way? Should I keep the water in the recipe? Thanks!
Happy Holidays!! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed and appreciate you giving it a try! Sure, you could skip baking it, yes you need to fully complete step 2 with the water so the noodles can cook.🎄❄️
Would partial cooking the macaroni first help? My Mac and cheese always seems to thick and not creamy
Sorry, what are you wanting it to help with? You should be able to follow this recipe as written without any issues! Let me know if I can help in any other way! xx
HI, This looks delicious! Do you think this would work for Lobster Mac/cheese…as in, I want to add lobster to make it a “fancy” side dish. Any tips to make this work would be great! From a huge fan, Kathy
Yes, that will work well for you! Please let me know if you have any other questions, I hope you love this recipe! xT