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    Stouffer's Macaroni & Cheese (Copycat)

    Stouffer's Macaroni & Cheese (Copycat). Photo by The Spice Guru

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    1 hr

    15 mins

    45 mins

    The Spice Guru's Note:

    My reverse-engineered recipe for Stouffer's Macaroni & Cheese. Recipe may be halved and baked in an 8 x 8 baking dish.

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    1. 1
      NOTE: This recipe can be prepared in two methods -- "crusty" (baked), or "creamy" (stovetop). SET oven rack to center position; PREHEAT oven to 375°F if using the "crusty" baked macaroni and cheese option in Step 9; SPRAY a 9 x 13 baking dish with non-stick baking spray; SHRED 16 ounces (1 lb.) sharp cheddar cheese; SET aside.
    2. 2
      BRING 4 quarts (16 cups) water to a rolling boil; ADD 1 tablespoon salt and 4 cups dry medium elbow macaroni; BLANCH macaroni until just tender; DRAIN cooked macaroni in colander, scraping all pasta from pot.
    3. 3
      RINSE drained macaroni in colander under cold running water for 30 seconds; ALLOW macaroni to drain; RETURN empty pot to stovetop on medium-low to medium heat.
    4. 4
      MELT 6 tablespoons margarine in pot; ADD 2 tablespoons flour and 2 tablespoons cornstarch to make a roux; COOK over low heat, whisking until light golden (do not scorch).
    5. 5
      POUR in 4 1/2 cups skim milk while whisking; ADD 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon citric acid; STIR; RAISE heat to medium.
    6. 6
      ADD one (8 ounce) can Kraft Sharp Cheddar Easy Cheese; REDUCE heat to low; ADD 16 ounces shredded medium cheddar cheese; STIR constantly over lowest heat until mixture melts and becomes very smooth and consistent in texture.
    7. 7
      ADD rinsed drained macaroni to pot; WHISK to separate any clumped macaroni and combine; ADD salt to taste if necessary.
    8. 8
      POUR then scrape mixture into greased 9 x 13 baking dish (for make-ahead freezing only, use greased cake or loaf pans); SET baking dish over a large baking sheet covered with foil.
    9. 9
      FOR CRUSTY MACARONI AND CHEESE: Leave baking dish uncovered; Bake at 375°F for 30 minutes. Allow to cool and set for 10 minutes. Serve and enjoy!
    10. 10
      FOR CREAMY MACARONI AND CHEESE: Simmer over medium-low heat, stirring often until desired consistency is achieved. Serve and enjoy!

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 02, 2013


      excellent it tasted just like stouffer's. I halved the recipe and used lemon juice a couple of drops instead of the citris however it was great

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    • on February 01, 2014


      Perfect! Tasted exactly the same. The only downfall is that we can purchase, at our warehouse 'club' store, the same portion size for a lesser price, but if I can find coupons, or sale prices that make it a bit cheaper, it's a definite dinner plan for us.<br/><br/>I also used lemon juice in place of the citric acid, like the other review suggested, came out perfect.<br/><br/>Thanks for the recipe.

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    Nutritional Facts for Stouffer's Macaroni & Cheese (Copycat)

    Serving Size: 1 (511 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 12

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 435.6
    Calories from Fat 207
    Total Fat 23.0 g
    Saturated Fat 11.9 g
    Cholesterol 52.0 mg
    Sodium 772.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 35.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.1 g
    Sugars 1.1 g
    Protein 20.9 g

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