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Makes 6 to 8 servings

Make this "better than the box" macaroni and cheese your go-to recipe.The homemade white sauce with both milk and cream and the three blocks of sharp Cheddar cheese make it a top-rated mac and cheese recipe.

How to Make It

Step 1

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Gradually whisk in flour until smooth; cook, whisking constantly, 2 minutes. Stir in salt and next 3 ingredients. Gradually whisk in half-and-half and milk; cook, whisking constantly, 8 to 10 minutes or until thickened.

Step 2

Stir in half of sharp Cheddar cheese. Stir in extra-sharp Cheddar cheese until smooth. Remove from heat.

Step 3

Combine pasta and cheese mixture, and pour into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining sharp Cheddar cheese.

Step 4

Bake at 350° for 20 minutes (bake 15 minutes longer for a crusty top). Prep: 35 min., Bake: 35 min.

Step 5

NOTE: For testing purposes only, we used Kraft Cracker Barrel cheeses.

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