Loaded Mac n Cheese ~ Skip the Box and Go for Homemade!

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Loaded Mac n Cheese that Everyone Loves!

Every kid seems to love macaroni and cheese.  But as adults, it often gets boring to have the same old mac n cheese.  So bump it up!  Adults and kids alike will love Loaded Mac n Cheese, and you won’t be asked to make plain old macaroni and cheese again!  The best part is that you bake it, creating a layer of cheesy goodness covering the top that is beyond amazing.  You’ll pass by the boxes of macaroni and cheese at the store, knowing you can make this beautiful and delicious dish of Loaded Mac n Cheese.

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What Makes Loaded Mac n Cheese Loaded?

Homemade cheesy goodness, pasta, and the odd addition of Italian seasoned diced tomatoes, and you have a phenomenal bowl of Loaded Mac n Cheese.  I start with large pasta shells.  Not the kind you can stuff, but the ones that are about the same size as a commonly loved mac n cheese box brand.  Then I brown some lean ground beef to add not only some protein to the mix, but a great flavor that you don’t normally find in macaroni and cheese.  Two cans of Italian seasoned diced tomatoes add an earthy and tangy flavor, almost like a salsa, but without the spicy heat.  And last but not least, a delicious homemade cheese sauce that will knock your socks off.  It starts with cream cheese, and finishes with cheddar and Monterey jack, giving you a phenomenal creamy cheesiness that you will wonder why you buy the stuff in the box!

Loaded Mac n Cheese ~ Skip the Box and Go for Homemade!

Loaded Mac n Cheese ~ Skip the Box and Go for Homemade!


  • 1 lb large sea shell pasta
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1/4 C (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1 T flour
  • 2 C milk
  • 1 C (4 oz) Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 3 C (8 oz) Sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 can Italian seasoned diced tomatoes, drained


  1. Heat a stockpot of water to boiling. Cook pasta until nearly done, but slightly crisp in the middle. Drain and place in a large ovenproof bowl.
  2. Heat oven to 425 degrees F.
  3. Brown the ground beef and drain. Mix with the pasta.
  4. In a medium sauce pan, melt the cream cheese and butter over medium heat, whisking to incorporate. Add the flour and whisk, cooking for about a minute. Add the milk slowly, continually whisking. When the mixture begins to steam, add the jack and 2 C of cheddar cheese, stirring until melted.
  5. Pour the cheese sauce over the pasta. Add the tomatoes and stir. Sprinkle with remaining cheddar cheese.
  6. Bake 30-45 minutes, until browned and bubbly.
  7. Serve hot.

Who Needs the Box Stuff When You Have Loaded Mac n Cheese?

Loaded Mac n Cheese is a great alternative to dinners in a box.  It’s all natural, made from fresh, whole ingredients, so you don’t have to worry about what you are feeding your family.  You can make it up ahead of time too, and just pop it in the oven when you get home for dinner.  It only takes about 30-45 minutes to warm up and be ready for the table!  Skip the dinner from a box when you can make Loaded Mac n Cheese.

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  1. Love the recipe! I recently became turned on to adding cream cheese to cheesy recipes. It adds a wonderful flavor and smooth texture!

  2. Lisa Brooks says:

    How many people should this recipe for loaded mac n cheese feed? I’d like to make for fathers day dinner.

  3. I LOVE homemade mac and cheese. This looks awesome! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

  4. I came over from the Pinworthy Projects Party… This looks AMAZING!!! I can’t wait to try it!

  5. Wishing you a peaceful Memorial Day Weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  6. Yum, this sounds really good! I came over from Monday Funday Link Party. I hope you will check out my blog. I will be pinning this recipe.





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