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The Perfect Mac & Cheese

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • 1/2 lb macaroni or penne


  • 4 oz cream cheese Green Valley - Lactose Free (or any cream cheese)
  • 3 tbsp butter Earth Balance (or any butter)
  • 1 cup whole milk Lactiad (or any milk)
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • 1/2 tsp italian salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 9 oz sharp chedder cheese


  • 1/4 cup panko
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning


  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions in a medium pot.
  • Drain, rinse and return into a cast iron pan or any oven safe pan. Add a little butter so the noodles don't stick together. Then set asaide.
  • In a sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat. Optional: Add one tablespoon of flour if you prefer a thick sauce.
  • Add milk and broth slowly, stirring after each addition.
  • Add cream cheese and stir until completely melted.
  • Season with Italian salt, pepper and onion powder.
  • Whisk cheese in, allow time to melt.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Pour in cheese sauce over the pasta, stirring gently to combine.
  • Add additional shredded chedder cheese on top of pasta.
  • Finally mix together panko and Italian seasoning. Then sprinkle on top of pasta. 
  • Bake in the oven at 350F degrees for 20-25 minutes.
Keyword Comfort Food, Mac & Cheese