Cheez-On-Cheese Velveeta Mac And Cheese Recipe

If you're the type of person who likes mac and cheese with a side of extra cheese, then this is most definitely the recipe for you. Brought to us by recipe developer Kate Shungu, this cheez-on-cheese Velveeta mac and cheese features the classic pasta dish with everyone's favorite melty cheese, all topped off with a crunchy Cheez-Its topping. It's rich, it's creamy, it's savory, and most importantly, it's got all the cheesy goodness that one could possibly want in a single dish. 

If you don't want to take our word for just how good this mac and cheese is, just ask Shungu. "I love how seriously creamy this mac & cheese is! The creaminess from the Velveeta and the flavor from the cheddar combine to create a cheesy, creamy, flavorful sauce for the pasta," she says. It perfectly complements the crunchiness from the Cheez-Its." This really is the ideal recipe to liven up your pasta repertoire, to make dinner a little more exciting, or to just try something new when it comes to mac and cheese. 

Gather the ingredients for cheez-on-cheese Velveeta mac and cheese

You'll need classic elbow pasta as the base for this mac and cheese, along with some butter, flour, whole milk, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt. As for the cheese, you'll need some cubed Velveeta and shredded cheddar, along with some lightly-crushed Cheez-It crackers for the crunchy topping. "You could use any flavor of Cheez-Its or cheesy crackers that you like! Even Ritz crackers would be good here," Shungu says.

Cook the pasta and make a roux

Start by preheating your oven to 350 F and grease an 8 x 8-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Then, bring a pot of water to a boil and cook the elbow pasta per package instructions.

Meanwhile, you can begin building the sauce by making a roux. To do so, add the butter to a large skillet over medium heat and, once melted, stir in the flour. Allow the roux to cook for about 2 minutes, making sure to give it the occasional stir.

Build the cheesy sauce

Whisk the milk into the roux and let it cook for about 4 to 5 minutes, during which time the sauce should thicken up a bit. Add in the onion powder, garlic powder, salt, Velveeta (make sure it's cubed), and shredded cheddar. Mix until the cheeses have fully melted and you have a smooth, creamy sauce. Then, remove the sauce from the heat and stir in the cooked pasta, thoroughly mixing it into the cheese.

Bake the mac and cheese

Pour the mac and cheese into the prepared baking dish before evenly sprinkling the crushed Cheez-Its across the top. "Most Velveeta mac and cheese recipes aren't baked in the oven nor topped with Cheez-Its," Shungu says, but these two factors are what really make this recipe so special. Pop the dish into the oven to bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the Cheez-Its are lightly toasted on top. 

Serve up some cheesy goodness

The mac and cheese is ready to serve fresh from the oven, so portion yourself a plate and be sure to get plenty of that crunchy Cheez-It topping. "I like serving it with roast chicken or crockpot pork chops," Shungu suggests for pairing. "It's also really nice with a rotisserie chicken if you want to keep things simple."

Mac and cheese typically keeps and reheats well, and this recipe is no exception, though the Cheez-It topping does make things a bit tricky. Luckily, Shungu has some tips for storing leftovers. "Since the Cheez-Its will get soggy as the mac and cheese sits, save some extra crushed Cheez-Its for sprinkling on top of leftovers," she says. "Leftovers can either be reheated in the microwave or in the oven."

Cheez-On-Cheese Velveeta Mac And Cheese Recipe
5 from 36 ratings
This super cheesy mac and cheese is made with Velveeta, cheddar, and crumbled Cheez-It crackers.
Prep Time
Cook Time
plate of mac and cheese
Total time: 40 minutes
  • 8 ounces elbow pasta
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces Velveeta, cubed
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar
  • 1 ½ cups Cheez-It crackers, lightly crushed
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease an 8 x 8-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Cook the elbow pasta according to package directions.
  3. While the pasta is cooking, place the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. When the butter melts, stir in the flour. Let the mixture cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Whisk in the milk, and let the mixture cook until thickened slightly, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in the onion powder, garlic powder, salt, cubed Velveeta, and shredded cheddar, and mix until the cheeses are melted.
  6. Remove the sauce from heat and stir in the cooked pasta.
  7. Spread the mixture into the prepared baking dish and top with the Cheez-It crackers.
  8. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the crackers are toasted lightly.
  9. Serve immediately.
Calories per Serving 737
Total Fat 37.7 g
Saturated Fat 20.6 g
Trans Fat 0.2 g
Cholesterol 100.8 mg
Total Carbohydrates 70.2 g
Dietary Fiber 2.4 g
Total Sugars 14.0 g
Sodium 1,233.7 mg
Protein 28.8 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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