Patti LaBelle’s Macaroni and Cheese

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Do you know what’s better than macaroni made with a nice cheese? Macaroni made with five different kinds of cheese! If you are a cheese lover (and like pasta), this could be the recipe. This copycat Patti LaBelle’s macaroni and cheese recipe is easy to make, filling, and super tasty. Today we are going to show you how to do it.

How to Make Patti LaBelle’s Macaroni and Cheese

As you’d expect, this recipe doesn’t require any fancy equipment (or technical know-how either). Provided you’ve got a pan, a spoon, and an ovenproof baking dish, you should be good to go.

For this recipe, we find the perfect pasta is elbow macaroni, but regular old macaroni works just as well.

Patti labelle mac and cheese

We start by getting the pasta cooked to perfection. It will go into the oven toward the end of the recipe, so we don’t boil it within an inch of its life. Just long enough to make it al dente… If you are interested, that’s Italian for ‘on tooth’. Essentially it means that the pasta has just a little bit of ‘bite’ to it.

From there, we create a blend of cheeses. In our homemade Patti LaBelle macaroni and cheese recipe, you’ll find a mix of cheddars, Monterey Jack, and even some Velveeta cheese! We have a two-stage cheese process, where half is combined with the pasta to make a sauce, and the other half goes over the top before baking to give a golden brown and bubbly top!

We love to serve this in thick squares on each plate, with a slice of nice crusty buttered bread to mop up all of that delicious cheese sauce.

Hungry? You won’t be after this.

Patti LaBelle’s Macaroni and Cheese

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Recipe by Laura Ritterman Course: MainCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes
Calories

350

kcal

This copycat Patti labelle’s mac and cheese recipe is exactly like you’ve seen her make on screen on tv. We’ve got this down to art to make a delicious recipe everytime.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups macaroni

  • 4 tablespoons butter

  • 1/2 cup grated Muenster cheese

  • 1 cup grated mild and sharp Cheddar cheese mixed

  • ½ cup Monterey Jack cheese

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1 cup Velveeta cheese

  • 2 beaten eggs

  • Salt to taste

  • Large pinch pepper

  • 3 teaspoons cold butter

Directions

  • Turn your oven on and preheat it to 340°F. While the oven is heating, give a baking dish a brush with a little oil.
  • Fill a large saucepan 2/3 full with water. Add a teaspoon of salt and bring to the boil. Once the water is boiling, add your pasta and give it a quick stir to prevent it from sticking. Cook two minutes short of the packet instructions. It needs to be slightly firm.
  • Drain the pasta, reserving a little of the cooking water, and return to the pan. Add the butter and stir.
  • Add the cream, milk, and Velveeta to the pan. Add your shredded cheese, reserving a handful. Also, add a generous pinch of salt and pepper, stir well and tip the entire mixture into your baking dish.
  • Top your cheesy macaroni mix with the remaining shredded cheese and a few teaspoons of butter and bake for 30 minutes until golden and bubbly.

Notes

  • Don’t worry about adding oil to the water. This is a bit of a myth. Oil and water don’t mix, so it’ll just float on the top and make it more likely that your pasta pan will boil over.
  • Be sure to reserve a little of the pasta cooking water. If you find that your sauce is a little thick, you can loosen it using the pasta water

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Tips and Tricks

When cooking your pasta, you must get things the right way round as it can make a difference to the dish’s quality. Get your water in the pan boiling first, then add the pasta.

Be sure to give your pasta a stir after you add it to the boiling water. Often pasta has a thin layer of starch clinging to the outside, which acts as a sort of ‘glue’. If you don’t stir your pasta when it is first added to the pan, you’ll end up with the macaroni sticking together.

If you are all out of macaroni, don’t worry. You can still make this recipe with different types of pasta. Try using penne, fusilli, or even spaghetti. It will taste just the same! It’s just that you won’t get those little tubes full of cheese sauce.

Here’s a tip that you don’t want to miss. When dairy products are heated to high temperatures (like in the oven), they can ‘split’, leaving you with lumps of cheese curds and a lot of oil instead of a lovely smooth sauce. The answer? Add a pinch of baking powder to your dish before baking. Due to some clever chemistry, it stops cheese sauce from splitting! Clever eh?

This is a great make-ahead dish for the coming days. Store it covered in the fridge. To reheat, just give it a ping for two minutes in the microwave! It will keep fresh for around 2 days.

If you want to add another element, you can add fresh herbs to your Mac and Cheese. Occasionally we like to add a clove of crushed garlic and some freshly chopped oregano.

Be careful not to overbake your mac and cheese. Just oozy and melting is fine. If you overdo it, you may find that it turns dry… Nobody wants dry pasta.

This is also referred to as over the rainbow mac and cheese.

Conclusion

This is a great midweek dish as it is super easy to prepare and is pretty low maintenance. Just boil your pasta, get your cheeses ready, and you are pretty much good to go. Patti Labelle’s mac and cheese recipe is a firm favorite in our house, and once you’ve tried it, you’ll see why. What’s your favorite mac and cheese combo? Let me know in the comments.

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