Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly butter a deep 2 1/2 quart casserole.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat, add the oil then the elbow macaroni and cook until macaroni is just tender (about 7 minutes). Do not overcook. Drain well and return to the pot.
In a small saucepan, melt the first measure of butter. Stir into the macaroni. In a large bowl, mix the Muenster, mild and sharp Cheddar cheese and the Monterey Jack cheese. To the macaroni, add the half and half, 1 1/2 cups of the shredded cheeses, the cubed Velveeta and the eggs. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to the buttered casserole. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese and dot with the remaining butter.
Bake until it is bubbling around the edges, about 35 minutes. Serve hot.
I've seen this recipe on the site for a while but just now got around to trying it. OMG! This is amazing! Totally worth breaking any diet for. I didn't change a thing - made it eactly as written and it was to die for! Thank you! This is my new mac and cheese recipe.
Guest Foodie November 30, 2013 REVIEW:
Heavenly! Rich, cheesy, creamy, everything you can want in a mac and cheese recipe!
Member since: Oct 22, 2013
JackiWhite October 24, 2013 REVIEW:
You can't go wrong with this recipe. It makes a great mac and cheese - very cheesy, very flavorful.
lovely July 20, 2013 REVIEW:
You go girl
fullybelly July 5, 2013 REVIEW:
OMG PAtti this recipe ROCKS!!! You are the best! I don't know how you came up with this but it's the best combo of cheeses. Love you and this recipe!!!!
thothermotherinlaw October 12, 2012 REVIEW:
My daughter-in-laws, mom makes this recipe. I have never been a fan of "mac and cheese" until I tried this. I liked it so much I had to ask for the recipe. It is amazing how delicious it is. I am making it for one of my family gatherings. Thanks Patti, and special thanks to Heather for sharing it and your wonderful daughter with me.DNeal
Lovestocook August 27, 2012 REVIEW:
While cooped up inside my house due to Tropical Storm Isaac, I was browsing the net, and came upon this recipe. I basically had all the ingredients so I ventured to making it. It was a HIT. IT was creamy and cheesy. My Aunt who is a very picky eater, devoured 2 plates. Thanks Patti for Sharing!
MS.COOK ITUP November 24, 2011 REVIEW:
THIS RECIPE IS OFF THE CHAIN IT IS AWESOME !!
Guest Foodie January 3, 2011 REVIEW:
I have not made this my mom did and I am not a fan of mac and cheese. Well I am now this is fantasic. And the only mac & cheese my family wants now so I guess I have to make it!
Guest Foodie November 26, 2010 REVIEW:
The best Mac and cheese ever,I just made it for the 3rd time,including this year Thanksgiving.
nicbranfran November 26, 2010 REVIEW:
Was my first time making it this year, is the only way I wiol make it from now on!!
Member since: Nov 16, 2010
lorna4829 November 16, 2010 REVIEW:
(omitted from recipe) Add the 1/2 & 1/2 with the eggs.
sibley November 1, 2010 REVIEW:
Hey this is the best,and I prided my self on my mac and cheese until this mac. showed me who was the real MAC. In my family we have a very healthy Sibley thanksgiving dish cook off,so we know who has been winning,LOL,but I only take the credit for perfect preparation,not changing any details
MsDukes October 31, 2010 REVIEW:
I made this recipe for the first time and my family loved it. delicious!!!
Member since: Oct 20, 2010
Brandei October 20, 2010 REVIEW:
I have been searching for a macaroni and cheese recipe that I love and I have officially discovered it. It was so easy to make. Loved it.
Lizzie June 29, 2010 REVIEW:
The best macaroni and cheese ever! However, the very top layer of macaroni was hard and difficult to chew. Was it the whole wheat pasta or did I bake it too long?
Member since: Jun 11, 2010
LianaD June 11, 2010 REVIEW:
This is the best mac and cheese recipe I have ever made. Everyone loved it at my grand daughters birthday party, not one bite left.
ReRe May 28, 2010 REVIEW:
OMG!!!! this mac & cheese is the BOMB...I made it during the Thanksgiving holidays last year 2009 and now my family is requesting it at least once a month...
oh oh ohhhhhh April 6, 2010 REVIEW:
Did and angel fall from heaven's kitchen? The best ever other than my mother's.
Great job Patti
Member since: Feb 20, 2010
brownsuger February 20, 2010 REVIEW:
Oh my god my aunt made this mac and cheese for thanksgiving and it was on hit so we are going to start making this all the rime
Member since: Feb 16, 2010
dabaddestchicklee February 16, 2010 REVIEW:
I am the only one that cannot make macaroni and cheese in my family, my sister and my mothers mac n cheese is so good, now i have found one that taste just like theirs, so now i guess i know how to make it. This was so good, next time i will add a little more salt and i added more cheese and a little more half and half, this tasted just like my mothers!!!!!
Guest Foodie February 9, 2010 REVIEW:
thickness December 23, 2009 REVIEW:
Patty girl this recipe is the BOMB
I made this for Thanksgiving now my Sister-in-Law wants me to make it for Christmas. What i like is the Muester cheese. I blended everything in the pot then poured
it on the noodles comes out just awesome. This is really Over The Rainbow.
MissBritt1986 November 27, 2009 REVIEW:
I doubled the recipe & made it for Thanksgiving. Be sure to add enough salt & pepper, otherwise I think it would be on the bland side with all the half & half in the recipe. Anyway, it was fairly easy to make. I used 1&1/2 of the butter (2 sticks just seemed like too much), and I had so much of the four cheeses left over in the packages that I grated a little extra on the top. It tasted pretty delicious, but one thing I would suggest is to add a little more cheese in the mixture itself rather than on the top like I did. I baked it for exactly an hour & it looked divine! My boyfriend told me it was his favorite dish. Be sure to serve it hot out of the oven.
Diana November 26, 2009 REVIEW:
I just made this mac and cheese recipe last night for Thanksgiving today. Instead of the traditional 6 servings, I increased it to 15. Turned out great. Had to make 2 pan fulls. I usually make mac and cheese with at most 2 cheeses. It took quite awhile to grate all of the cheese but this 4-5 cheese recipe is a different flavor that what my family was use to but I'm sure they will love it. I had a little taste of it already. Now I just have to reheat it in the oven this afternoon for our Thanksgiving meal. FYI I used all of the cheese that Patti recommends even the muenster, which I found in the specialty cheese section.
Stefanie S. November 22, 2009 REVIEW:
I absolutely love this recipe. I started making it at only 17 years old. I am now 22 and I plan to make it again for Thanksgiving for my fiance's family. He rants and raves over my cooking and his family has never tried my cooking so this surely will put them over the top. The first year I made it.. I used pepper jack cheese instead of Montery and it was still extremely good. My father liked it better... he is a spicey person. But I must say.. It wasn't spicey and it gave it a kick. I did see that some people said it was a little bland.. Just add some pepper jack cheese and maybe this will help your taste buds!! MMMMM Can't wait to eat this on Thanksgiving!!!
aaron November 22, 2009 REVIEW:
I love this recipe....it is one of the best mac n cheese recipes i have found....
I also make it with a bit of wasabi and also add horseradish..it gives the dish a nice kick...not too spicy...then I crush up seasoned croutons....garlic and cheese flavored to add to the top...just the best !
ardee November 21, 2009 REVIEW:
I was really excited to make this after mostly rave reviews. For some reason it turned out dry and not that flavorful. I changed the servings to 15. Maybe the proportions were off? Like one reviewer I substituted some of the half and half with sour cream and buttermilk. Maybe that contributed to the dryness. I've made the Martha Stewart recipe and it worked better for me. And also one other recipe that starts the sauce out from a roux. That's the best style in my opinion.
Tee Tee October 14, 2009 REVIEW:
I have never made homemade mac n cheese - I normally have my mom make it for me. I made this over the weekend and it was amazing. My mom usually does not eat it, but she loved this recipe. She actually wants me to make it again this weekend. Follow the directions and you won't be disappointed.
DiPhi September 4, 2009 REVIEW:
This is undoubtedly the best Mac & Cheese dish ever. It is fool proof, easy and fabulous (but not cheap)! I have passed on the recipe to several friends who also rave. Thanks so much to Patti LaBelle for posting this recipe on the web.
SmileeGyrl August 10, 2009 REVIEW:
This was the first mac & cheese I made I felt was to my satisfaction. I have tried several recipes but this was the best so far. Thank you, Patti! My children enjoyed it!
I also added a little mozzarella. I could only find slices of Muenster cheese but it still turned out great.
Tillie July 19, 2009 REVIEW:
I have to say, that was the best mac & cheese recipe I had ever made & had. My husband & I had a party for our son 07/1/-2009. All I heard was the mac & chesse was good none was left. To the ones that add extra to the recipe don't. Ms. Pattie dosen't any need help. Just follow the recipe. use all the cheese. The Muenster cheese was the bomb. From now on I will not make another mac & cheese recipe but Ms. Pattie's. Ms. Pattie did damn the thing. You go girl! 2009
Rho June 8, 2009 REVIEW:
The mac and cheese was great. My boys loved it. Will be a regular dish in my home.
annointed May 12, 2009 COMMENT: My niece made it for EASTER dinner. YUMMY YUMMY!!!! Now I am going to try it.
rose April 11, 2009 COMMENT: People really think I can cook with Patti's recipe. The Mac and Cheese is awewsome.
Member since: Mar 20, 2009
kikipani March 20, 2009 REVIEW:
this is a great recipe for impressing a man on your cooking skills. if your trying to keep a man this is recipe for mac and cheese
Sheri March 19, 2009 REVIEW:
My daughter asked me to make some good homemade macaroni & cheese. After looking at several recipes, I picked this one. The only change I made to the recipe was substituting whole wheat elbow macaroni for the regular, which I do with all pasta recipes.
The result was good, but not great. We had a lot leftover, and I would expect our five kids to gobble up homemade macaroni & cheese if it was really good. The texture was more dry than creamy and the flavor was a little bland.
Debbie S January 7, 2009 REVIEW:
So THAT'S what mac & cheese is supposed to taste like!!!! No more blue box in my house. lol Seriously... it was amazing! Patti Rocks!!!
Guest Foodie December 25, 2008 REVIEW:
beltbuster December 24, 2008 REVIEW:
The recipe by itself is amazing, BUT I wanted to experiment a bit... So, I substituted 1 cup sour cream for the half and half and used 1 cup buttermilk for the other cup of half and half. OMG! If I had died there, it would have been well worth it!!!!
Guest Foodie December 22, 2008 REVIEW:
The recipe is WONDERFUL!! So good I had to pass it on to my aunts and friends! Not healthy but every once in a while can't hurt!
Lidia December 21, 2008 REVIEW:
I just made this recipe and I must say it was quite good. Although I did feel it needed a little something...I totally forgot to put in some mild cheddar and that's probably what it needed. My youngest son loved it so much he ate most of it. I think this recipe would taste even better if I threw in there some shrimp.
Cindy December 21, 2008 COMMENT: I made this macaroni and cheese today and it was delicious! Creamy and fluffy and perfect.
Guest Foodie December 4, 2008 COMMENT: I followed the directions to a "T." I made it for Thanksgiving, and I DID NOT like the macaroni and cheese. I like my mac and cheese to be very cheesy with lots of flavor, and the taste of this mac and cheese simply wasn't good to me. I was very disappointed.
dmarijhazz December 2, 2008 REVIEW:
My cousin normally makes this dish for all our special occassions. I love it and tonight I made it. It was WONDERFUL. STRONGLY RECOMMEND THIS DISH!
Lil Momma November 28, 2008 REVIEW:
I made this for thanksgiving dinner last night. I had to double the recipe to make 1 servings and put it into 2 9x13 pans. It came out a little dry. I cooked it for about 45 minutes. Next time I wont be making so much,and I wont cook it that long. I also think it needed a little less shredded cheese and a little more velveta and my boyfriend agreed. But that's just our personal preference. Other than that I will certainly make it again.
Miss mo November 26, 2008 REVIEW:
I have used this recipe for about 5 months now and its fantastic. The directions are simple and once its done its tastes great. I have even subtracted some of the cheeses and added some cheeses and it still comes out great. The original recipt itself though is wonderful. I was so glad to find a good mac n cheese recipe. As a mother of 3 I tend to look for new recipes to make for my family and this one will definitely be on my favorites list. So Delicious!
luv2eat November 25, 2008 REVIEW:
A friend of mine offered me the recipe a couple of years ago. Anytime there's a family/friends gathering, they always request the Mac&Cheese from me. My nieces think Im the greatest uncle because of it!!!
Member since: Sep 25, 2007
Sharypye November 18, 2008 REVIEW:
I agree that this Mac&Cheese is FANTASTIC!! I did however, substitute shreeded cheese for bar cheese that I cubed (family habit) and because of that, I needed to add 1/2 cup more of milk. Other than that, It is absolutely perfect just the way it is!!
love this mac November 16, 2008 REVIEW:
I make this every year and also for special occasions. Every one loves it. I will be making it twice this year, for my family for thanksgiving and for a mini thanksgiving dinner my friends and I are throwing. It is a very good recipe. If you have not tried it, try it.
Trena August 26, 2008 REVIEW:
I LOVE IT!
Everyone request my Mac & Cheese for every holiday/event. I say "It's Patti's" I brought 2 of her cookbooks and absolutely love them. My husband is a diabetic as well and he loves everything I cook from her books.
FoodLover June 29, 2008 REVIEW:
So good that it hurts just to look at it. If you have never made it.....make it. Run to the nearest grocery store.....get all of the ingredients....and make it. Totally worth it.
Member since: Oct 31, 2003
richardgrand December 27, 2007 REVIEW:
The ultimate in "comfort food", Yummmmmy !!!!!!
Guest Foodie December 24, 2007 REVIEW:
A coworker made this dish last week at our Christmas Party and it was GRRRRRRRRRRRREAT. I went back for seconds and it was gone.
Gibson August 23, 2007 REVIEW:
Every time I make this recipe I do it so the kids will have something delicious to eat. The problem is... all the parents like to eat it too. Make sure you double the recipe because this is a crowd pleaser. It freezes well, thats if you have leftovers. I'm making some right now so my son can put it in his dorm fridge at UCSB. Nothing like a home cooked meal.
fla937 March 18, 2007 REVIEW:
THE first and last word in mac and cheese. Period.
patti's mac/cheese fan December 15, 2006 REVIEW:
I have been using this recipe since it appeared on Oprah's site some years ago. Everytime I make it people ask for the recipe. I use all those ingredients plus add some Vermont white cheese and sometimes 1/4 cup of mozzarella (if its a large 12-14 serving size). You can't go wrong. If you add the muenster it adds the opposing flavor to the other cheeses and brings out the flavor of all the cheeses. I see some chose not to use it, but thats what makes it simply tasty to your guests. Enjoy and thank you Patti!
edie November 24, 2006 REVIEW:
Best Mac & Cheese ever. I have been using this recipe since Patti Labelle come out with this cookbook. My family refers to it as "heart attack on a plate". The kinda of dish you allow yourself only on special occasions!
Shelly November 21, 2006 REVIEW:
Ya'll I gotta tell you that this dish is so yummy and it goes fast. Just follow the directions and you can't go wrong. I did substitute Monterey for the Munster, but it's all good, so experiment with different cheeses if you prefer. All my friends ask me "Can you please make this dish for me?" So since I first prepared it, I've been hooked. Ms Labelle, thank you for this sensational recipe. It is sure to become a classic in my kitchen.
BrittBritt_404 September 3, 2006 REVIEW:
I absolutely love this recipe. My friend girl made this during a Thanksgiving holiday in 2001 and I have been hooked ever since. I highly recommend this recipe to a beginner cook. You will recieve mad raves!!!!
Member since: Aug 23, 2006
blackgentleman August 23, 2006 REVIEW:
I think that this is a great recipe for making homemade macroni and cheese. I did not use Munster(sp) cheese, but I did use all of the other ingredients. I look forward to using this site to do other meals.
Cammy April 12, 2006 REVIEW:
This is "THE BEST EVER" macaroni and cheese recipe that I have ever tasted. My family and friends love it and always ask for it!
Guest Foodie March 1, 2006 COMMENT: What do you do with the half and half?