It is starting to get chilly outside, and with Halloween in our rearview mirror, it’s time to start thinking about our Thanksgiving meals! I am usually a baking and sweets kind of gal, but planning the perfect Thanksgiving meal is a think of beauty and a joy for even the most avid baker.

Thanksgiving is all about decadence. You take whatever might be your everyday, and bump it up just a notch, all in an effort to show a little bit more love and appreciation for those around you. You take your standard family dinner, and make it something special. Sharing in your community and traditions. So, it goes without saying that you should have a killer Mac and Cheese recipe in your back pocket to knock your guests off their feet. If you have a homemade Mac and Cheese go-to, put it away and replace it with THIS White Cheddar mac and cheese. A cross between Panera Bread’s and something that fell from heaven and hit every branch on the delicious tree on it’s way down, you will have your family scrambling for the last spoonful.

It’s creamy, with a subtle hint of pepper and spice from the mustard and paprika. If you want a bit of smokey-ness you can always used a smoked paprika to create an even deeper flavor.

Best Thanksgiving mac and Cheese

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You can opt to use other kinds of pasta, I just prefer to use shells because then they get filled with that deliciously creamy white gold cheese sauce. I like to make homemade mac and cheese a lot, but I save this recipe to make on special occasions like Thanksgiving and Christmas.

You can also choose different types of cheddar, I just prefer to have the tangy bite that this particular brand offers. To me, the sharper the better when it comes to cheddar!

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Best Thanksgiving Mac and Cheese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large pot, on medium heat, melt butter. Whisk in flour and cook until smooth. Reduce heat and add milk, heavy cream, salt, pepper, paprika, and dry mustard. Continually whisk until smooth and bubbled begin to appear around outside of pot. It is important that you don't leave it unattended. You don't want milk to cook down too much.
  3. Reduce heat to low and add cheese. Stir until melted.
  4. Add cooked pasta, stirring until pasta is completely coated. Allow to sit to thicken and melt. Top with additional salt and pepper if desired.
  5. Devour.
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3 Comments on The Best Thanksgiving Mac N Cheese

  1. Molly
    November 7, 2016 at 6:55 pm (12 months ago)

    Visiting from NaBloPoMo. This recipe looks great…especially the seriously sharp cheddar. Is there any other kind worth eating? 🙂 Good luck with the challenge!

  2. Carlie
    November 8, 2016 at 8:12 am (11 months ago)

    That is the brand of cheese my very picky youngest son likes! I should try this recipe! Thanks…you make it sound so appetizing: “the delicious tree.” 🙂

      November 8, 2016 at 9:27 pm (11 months ago)

      I love that brand! 🙂


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