Smoky White Cheddar Mac and Cheese

My family is always willing to try a new mac and cheese recipe. I dare say we’ve never met a macaroni and cheese we didn’t like. And this Smoky White Cheddar Mac and Cheese was no exception. It’s loaded with four kinds of cheese and a hint of nutmeg and thyme. I wish I could say it was healthy and low-calorie, but it’s definitely worth the indulgence!

The smoked cheddar might be a bit strong for some tastes, especially kids, so feel free to use more of the regular white cheddar if you prefer. I’ll definitely be making this version of mac and cheese again–possibly with a breadcrumb topping or some cooked, crumbled bacon. Maybe both! This would also be fabulous with some grilled chicken or roasted veggies mixed in! Be warned, this makes enough to feed a small army, so you may want to consider making half.

Smoky White Cheddar Mac and Cheese
Smoky White Cheddar Mac and Cheese
Serves 8
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
50 min
  1. 16 ounces elbow macaroni
  2. 3 tablespoons butter
  3. 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  4. 1 quart (4 cups) half and half
  5. 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  6. 4 ounces cream cheese, cubed and softened
  7. 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  8. 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  9. 1 teaspoon onion powder
  10. 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  11. 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  12. Salt and pepper to taste
  13. 6 ounces Fontina cheese, grated and divided
  14. 6 ounces white American cheese, grated or cubed
  15. 2 ounces smoked cheddar cheese, grated
  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions; rinse with cool water and drain.
  2. Meanwhile, melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and stir to mix well. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Gradually whisk in half and half and simmer for 3-5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  4. Stir in heavy cream, cream cheese, Dijon mustard, fresh thyme, onion powder, nutmeg, and cayenne pepper. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Pour pasta into a large bowl. Add half of the Fontina cheese, the white American cheese and the smoked cheddar. Toss to mix well.
  6. Stir the sauce into the pasta and cheese.
  7. Pour the pasta into a greased 9×13 inch baking dish. Top with remaining Fontina cheese.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
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  1. This looks so creamy and delicious!

  2. This looks INCREDIBLE! A lot of macaroni cheeses look really dry but I love how much sauce there is in this dish 🙂 delish!!! 😀

  3. Mac and cheese is one of those culinary chameleons–it can do just about anything. This is a GREAT way to make it your own!

  4. This looks like a huge bowl of comfort food!! Looks fantastic.

  5. Big hit at home! Big hit at the fire station! I like using the smoked cheddar instead of smoked gouda. The thyme really pops too. Can’t wait to try it with bacon crumbles on top!

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