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Copycat Chick-fil-a Mac and Cheese

This Copycat Chick-fil-A mac and cheese recipe tastes just like the real thing! It's also much cheaper to make at home.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 527kcal
Author: Wendy

Equipment

  • 9x13 casserole dish
  • large pot
  • small bowl
  • large saucepan

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 ounces deli American cheese sliced, torn into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese shredded and divided
  • 4 ounces white cheddar cheese shredded and divided
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese freshly shredded
  • 2 tablespoons Romano cheese freshly shredded

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to broil. Prepare a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the elbow macaroni. Cook for 20 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Transfer the macaroni to the prepared baking dish.
  • In a small bowl, toss together ½ cup of the cheddar cheese and ½ cup of the white cheddar cheese. Set aside to use for the topping.
  • Meanwhile, in a large saucepan over medium heat, heat the milk, American cheese, butter, and salt, stirring often until the cheese has melted and the sauce is smooth.
  • Add the remaining cheeses to the saucepan and heat just until melted. Remove from heat.
  • Pour the cheese sauce over the macaroni and stir to blend.
  • Sprinkle the reserved cheeses over the top of the casserole.
  • Place under the oven broiler and heat for 2 to 3 minutes or until the cheese is beginning to brown slightly.

Notes

 
I do not recommend using pre-shredded cheese. The anti-caking agent can make it not melt well. Take the time to shred your own for the best results. 
American singles, such as Kraft, are not recommended. The macaroni and cheese thickens due to an ingredient in the deli-style American cheese.
Store leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for up to four days. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 527kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 970mg | Potassium: 277mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 800IU | Calcium: 624mg | Iron: 1mg