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Copycat Chick-fil-A Mac and Cheese

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Ever wondered the secret to why Chick Fil-A’s Mac and cheese is so good? No need to wonder anymore because we have the best copycat Chick-Fil-A Mac and cheese recipe right here so you can make it in the comfort of your own home so you can enjoy it every day of the week and twice on Sunday! 

Copycat Chick-fil-A Mac and Cheese

It’s no secret how much we love Chick-Fil-A. We love it, even more, when we can make it at home. Between our Copycat Chick -Fil-A Sandwich, our copycat Spicy Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich, our Copycat Chick-Fil-A sauce, and this Copycat Chick-Fil-A Mac and Cheese we are in Chick Fil-A heaven! 

Copycat Chick-fil-A Mac and Cheese

Ever since Chick-Fil-A released their mac and cheese I was a huge fan. It is creamy and delicious and super irresistible. I found myself ordering it every time I went.  I knew I wanted to add this recipe to our list of copycat recipes, but this one was a little more complex than the others. After much time or trial and error, we are so excited to share with you that we have nailed it! 

Copycat Chick-fil-A Mac and Cheese

This copycat Chick-fil-A Mac and cheese tastes just like the restaurants, maybe even better. For the flavor, you love, be sure to follow the recipe exactly. 

How to Make Copycat Chick-Fil-A Mac and Cheese

  • Preheat the oven to broil. Prepare a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the elbow macaroni. Cook for 20 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Transfer the macaroni to the prepared baking dish.
  • In a small bowl, toss together ½ cup of the cheddar cheese and ½ cup of the white cheddar cheese. Set aside to use for the topping.
  • Meanwhile, in a large saucepan over medium heat, heat the milk, American cheese, butter, and salt, stirring often until the cheese has melted and the sauce is smooth.

  • Add the remaining cheeses to the saucepan and heat just until melted. Remove from heat.

  • Pour the cheese sauce over the macaroni and stir to blend.

  • Sprinkle the reserved cheeses over the top of the casserole.

  • Place under the oven broiler and heat for 2 to 3 minutes or until the cheese is beginning to brown slightly.
Copycat Chick-fil-a Mac and Cheese

Tips Tricks and FAQs

  • You will not want to use Kraft American singles. Be sure you use American cheese from the deli. This cheese is what helps thicken your mac and cheese. 
  • If you want a crispier top you may leave it under the broiler for a bit longer, but be sure you watch it because you don’t want to burn your mac and cheese. 

Copycat Chick-fil-a Mac and Cheese
  • Note that you want to cook your noodles for the full 20 minutes. This helps the pasta and cheese create a creamy consistency rather than the noodles soaking up all the sauce. 
  • This recipe works best if all your ingredients are at room temperature when creating this dish. 
  • We recommend you use whole milk for a nice creamy thick mac and cheese, but you can use lower-fat milk if you prefer. If you do, you will find that your dish is not as creamy. 

Storage

You will want to store your mac and cheese in the fridge in an airtight container. This will last up to 4 days. 

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Can I make this ahead of time?

Yes! You can make this up to 24 hours ahead of time. Place it covered in the fridge uncooked. We recommend adding the cheese to the top right before baking.

Copycat Chick-fil-A Mac and Cheese

Copycat Chick-fil-A Mac and Cheese

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Ever wondered the secret to why Chick Fil-A’s Mac and cheese is so good? No need to wonder anymore because we have the best copycat Chick-Fil-A Mac and cheese recipe right here so you can make it in the comfort of your own home so you can enjoy it every day of the week and twice on Sunday!

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) box elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 ounces sliced deli American cheese, torn into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (8 ounce) block cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
  • ½ (8 ounce) block white cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
  • ½ cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons freshly shredded Romano cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to broil. Prepare a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the elbow macaroni. Cook for 20 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Transfer the macaroni to the prepared baking dish.
  3. In a small bowl, toss together ½ cup of the cheddar cheese and ½ cup of the white cheddar cheese. Set aside to use for the topping.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan over medium heat, heat the milk, American cheese, butter, and salt, stirring often until the cheese has melted and the sauce is smooth.
  5. Add the remaining cheeses to the saucepan and heat just until melted. Remove from heat.
  6. Pour the cheese sauce over the macaroni and stir to blend.
  7. Sprinkle the reserved cheeses over the top of the casserole.
  8. Place under the oven broiler and heat for 2 to 3 minutes or until the cheese is beginning to brown slightly.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 177Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 650mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 9g

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