Ree Drummond Velveeta Mac n Cheese Recipe

Last Updated on May 12, 2022 by Ellen Christian

This Velveeta mac n cheese recipe is served right away to feed your hungry family. It’s the best macaroni and cheese ever and tastes just like Ree Drummond’s mac and cheese.

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This Velveeta mac n cheese recipe is served right away to feed your hungry family. It's the best macaroni and cheese ever and tastes just like Ree Drummond's mac and cheese.

Velveeta Mac n Cheese Recipe

Velveeta mac is one of my kid’s most requested recipes. The Velveeta cheese makes a creamier sauce than sharp cheddar does. It tastes just like the Velveeta cheese sauce you can buy at the store.

If you’re looking for a side dish for the cheese lover in your home, make my Velveeta mac and cheese recipe for dinner tonight.

This recipe does taste just like Ree Drummonds mac and cheese. I was lucky enough to meet her and eat at her restaurant on a blog trip a few years ago. You have got to get a copy of her cookbook. I just love ALL of her recipes.

What are the 3 best cheeses for mac and cheese?

If you want a truly cheesy mac and cheese, use a mix of these three cheeses:

  • Velveeta
  • Sharp cheddar
  • Monterey Jack

a white bowl with creamy macaroni and cheese in it

Best pasta for Velveeta mac and cheese

This recipe calls for shells, but you can use any type of cooked pasta, including elbow macaroni noodles.

How can I make my mac and cheese creamier?

There are two ways to make your mac and cheese creamier. First, add more Velveeta cheese. Second, add a can of evaporated milk to the sauce.

Adding more cheese will make your mac and cheese more flavorful and creamier. If you want a richer flavor, use all Velveeta cheese. This is so much better than the boxed stuff.

If you want a lower fat mac and cheese, use half Velveeta and half cheddar cheese. The cheddar will add some creaminess without all the fat.

To make your mac and cheese sauce creamier, add a can of evaporated milk. This will also make the sauce thinner, so you may need to add more Velveeta cheese to thicken it up.

This Velveeta mac n cheese recipe is served right away to feed your hungry family. It's the best macaroni and cheese ever and tastes just like Ree Drummond's mac and cheese.

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

Yes, you can make the mac and cheese sauce ahead of time and store it in the fridge for up to a week. Just reheat it on the stovetop or in the microwave when you’re ready to use it.

You can also bake the mac and cheese ahead of time and store it in the fridge for up to a week. Just reheat it in the oven at 350 degrees until it’s hot and bubbly.

What other dishes can I make with this mac and cheese sauce?

This easy mac and cheese sauce is also great on:

  • Nachos
  • Baked potatoes
  • Veggies
  • Chili
  • Burritos
  • Tacos

Macaroni and cheese is always a hit with kids and adults alike. This Velveeta mac and cheese recipe will be a hit at your next family gathering. Serve it as a side dish or main course, and enjoy the creamy goodness.

melting cheese in a double boiler

How do you melt Velveeta cheese for mac and cheese?

The best way to melt Velveeta cheese is in a double boiler. This method prevents the cheese from burning and keeps it at a constant temperature, so it doesn’t get grainy.

You can melt the cheese in a saucepan over low heat if you don’t have a double boiler. Stir frequently to prevent burning and keep the cheese sauce a constant temperature.

What is the best way to reheat mac and cheese?

The best way to reheat mac and cheese is in the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spread the homemade mac and cheese in an even layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until heated through.

You can also reheat creamy mac and cheese in the microwave. Place the Velveeta mac and cheese in a microwave-safe dish and heat on high for 1-2 minutes, or until heated through.

This Velveeta mac n cheese recipe is served right away to feed your hungry family. It's the best macaroni and cheese ever and tastes just like Ree Drummond's mac and cheese.

How to make homemade Velveeta cheese sauce

This quick cheese sauce takes much less time than using traditional shredded cheddar. The cubed Velveeta makes the most delicious mac and cheese ever.

  • Melt the butter in a large saucepan or dutch oven over medium heat.
  • Stir in the milk and seasonings, heating until the milk is steamy and hot.
  • Add the cheeses into the milk and stir until melted.

ingredients on the counter in glass bowls

What do I need to make Velveeta mac and cheese?

This is a super easy homemade recipe.

  • Greased casserole dish
  • Medium sauce pan
  • Small bowl
  • Cheese grater (or make cubes)

stirring pasta and cheese in a bowl

What can I add to Velveeta mac and cheese?

We love this stovetop mac and cheese as is. But, you can add a few of these if you want something different.

  • More sharp cheddar
  • Crushed Ritz crackers on top (or other crushed crackers)
  • Another type of shredded cheese
  • Hot sauce
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Cream cheese
  • Chopped bacon
  • Whey protein concentrate
  • Panko breadcrumbs or Italian bread crumbs
  • Diced ham
  • Dry mustard powder
  • Ground beef

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Mac and cheese variations:

Try these other cheeses in place of the Velveeta.

  • Gouda
  • Monterey Jack
  • Pepper Jack
  • Smoked Cheddar
  • Havarti
  • Swiss Cheese

Ingredients for homemade Velveeta mac and cheese

  • 1 (16 ounces) box of medium pasta shells or elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 (16 ounces) block of Velvetta cheese, cubed
  • 3/4 cup Monterey jack shredded cheese
  • 1 cup freshly shredded cheddar cheese
  • Cooking spray

shells in a strainer

How to make Velveeta mac n cheese

  • Cook the pasta shells according to the package directions. Drain cooked macaroni well.
  • Melt the butter in a large saucepan or dutch oven over medium heat. Add milk and seasonings, heating until the milk is steamy and hot.
  • Add the small cubes of Velveeta and shredded cheeses into the milk and stir until the cheese melts. Reduce heat.
  • Mix the pasta into the cheese sauce. Serve while hot.

How can I make baked mac and cheese?

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread the mac and cheese evenly in a greased baking dish. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until heated through and slightly browned on top.

You may want to add cracker crumbs or breadcrumbs to this if you make baked mac and cheese.

What’s the best way to store leftover mac and cheese?

Store leftover mac and cheese in a covered baking dish in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave before serving.

More macaroni and cheese recipes

Finally, if you enjoyed this Velveeta mac n cheese recipe, you might want to try a few of these.

Yield: 12

Ree Drummond Velveeta Mac n Cheese Recipe

This Velveeta mac n cheese recipe is served right away to feed your hungry family. It's the best macaroni and cheese ever and tastes just like Ree Drummond's mac and cheese.

This Velveeta mac n cheese recipe is served right away to feed your hungry family. It's the best macaroni and cheese ever and tastes just like Ree Drummond's mac and cheese.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) box medium pasta shells
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 (16 ounce) block Velvetta cheese, diced
  • 1 cup freshly shredded monterey jack cheese
  • 1 cup freshly shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta shells according to the package directions. Drain well.
  2. In a large saucepan or dutch oven over medium heat, melt the butter. Stir in the milk and seasonings, heating until the milk is steamy and hot.
  3. Add the cheeses into the milk and stir until melted.
  4. Mix the pasta into the cheese sauce. Serve while hot.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 130Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 278mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 7g

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