Decadent Mac and Cheese


Unlike most mac and cheese recipes out there, this one doesn't require you to make a béchamel sauce. Usually, béchamel adds an unbeatable creamy, rich consistency but here a bit of evaporated milk thickens the mac and cheese, doing the work for you.

Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 3 cups uncooked short pasta (such as macaroni or cavatappi)

  • 4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter

  • 2 (12-oz.) cans evaporated milk

  • cup skim milk 

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • Pinch cayenne pepper

  • 8 ounces processed American cheese slices, torn (about 2 cups)

  • 8 ounces Gruyère, grated (about 2 cups)

  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar, grated (about 2 cups)


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain and return the hot pasta to the pot. Add the butter, tossing until melted.

  2. Whisk together the evaporated milk, skim milk, eggs, salt, nutmeg, and cayenne in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the American cheese, Gruyère, and cheddar.

  3. Spread ⅓ of the pasta in the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Top with ⅓ of the cheese mixture. Repeat with the remaining pasta and cheese, then pour the milk mixture over the top. Bake until warmed through and golden, 20 to 30 minutes.

    Decadent Mac and Cheese
    Jen Causey

How to freeze and reheat

Bake, cool completely, then wrap the dish tightly in plastic wrap and foil and freeze. Defrost before reheating. Remove the plastic wrap and re-cover with the foil, then bake in a 350°F oven for 25 to 30 minutes, until warmed through.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

914 Calories
57g Fat
58g Carbs
43g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 914
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 57g 73%
Saturated Fat 33g 164%
Cholesterol 176mg 59%
Sodium 1738mg 76%
Total Carbohydrate 58g 21%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 43g
Calcium 1199mg 92%
Iron 2mg 13%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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