Velveeta, especially their Shells & Cheese, this is for you! I've had a block of Velveeta that I bought my sophomore year of high school waiting patiently to be used, and I am finally using up the last of it, thank goodness! Growing up, we used to eat the boxes of mac & cheese that cost about 13¢ a box, and that is all I knew. When I met the hubs, I quickly learned that he is awfully brand-loyal to a few food products, one being Velveeta Shells & Cheese. I don't know how his mom could afford to buy the good stuff having four big boys and a husband who was about 10'8, but hey, moms can do just about anything I've learned. So...in our years of marriage, I've grown quite accustomed to his favorite macaroni, but now I'm trying to stay clear of that stuff and try to find an amazing (and not too fattening) homemade variety. Granted, this is not the homemade recipe that I want to rely on (I'd rather use real cheese), but if you love Velveeta, I must insist you try this one!
As all Velveeta dishes are, this was really creamy and ooey-gooey-yummy! The best part, however, is the crispy-crumbly-scrum-diddly-umptious cracker crust atop this mac dish. Obviously we more than enjoyed this overly cheesy side dish, and I hope to never make it again! I have to think of my severely pear-shaped body, and how many pounds of Velveeta I must be packing in those thighs of mine. Off to the gym!
Velveeta Down-Home Macaroni & Cheese
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, divided
1/4 cup flour
1 cup milk
8 ounces Velveeta, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 cups elbow macaroni, cooked, drained
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
6 Ritz crackers, crushed
1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a medium saucepan on medium heat. Whisk in flour; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Gradually stir in milk; cook until mixture boils and thickens, stirring constantly. Add Velveeta; cook 3 minutes or until melted, stirring frequently. Stir in macaroni.
3. Spoon into a 2 quart casserole dish sprayed with cooking spray; sprinkle with cheddar. Melt remaining butter; toss with cracker crumbs. Sprinkle over casserole.
4. Bake 20 minutes or until heated through.
5. Exercise profusely :)