Four Cheese Macaroni and Cheese

A super cheesy and flavorful macaroni and cheese recipe, featuring four varieties of cheese!

Four Cheese Macaroni and Cheese Recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Have you ever heard the song “all of me”? There is this line in it that says “love all of your curves and edges”. Only the first time I heard it I totally didn’t hear it well enough to understand what he was saying and decided to make up my own version being ‘I love all of your curds and whey’. I know… I know. Totally dumb but I think it’s kind of funny every time I hear the song now even though I know what he’s really singing.

I do that a lot, change lyrics to songs. This one time I was doing it really loud with really ridiculous lyrics to an otherwise very normal song and then the doorbell rang… UPS had just dropped off a package at the front door. At least he didn’t need a signature and just dropped the package and left. I got a good laugh out of it.

Also, speaking of music, I hate a love/hate relationship with Hayden Panettiere’s singing and songs on Nashville. I can’t help but picture her as the cheerleader from Heroes still so I really want to not like her singing but I love it. And I can’t wait for the show to come back with new episodes. This whole let’s play reruns until the Olympics is over is kind of annoying. And let’s not discuss the fact that Scandal has been gone for what… three months… maybe more? Counting the days until it’s back on. Are you just as excited?

Four Cheese Macaroni and Cheese Recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Anyway…Food! Specifically, this super cheesy and awesome macaroni and cheese, containing FOUR varieties of cheese. It’s necessary. You need this in your life. It’s crave worthy and should be not only on your table but in your belly asap.

I’ll never go back to a one cheese macaroni again. Never ever again. We’ve progressed from one, to two, to three and now four cheese macaroni recipes. More cheese is always a good thing. I know you agree. Be sure to add this to your dinner menu!

Four Cheese Macaroni and Cheese Recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Four Cheese Macaroni and Cheese

A super cheesy and flavorful macaroni and cheese recipe, featuring four varieties of cheese!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Dinner, Pasta
Servings: 6 plus


Macaroni and cheese:

  • 3 1/2 C pasta roughly 3/4lb
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 C milk
  • 1 C heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 4 oz Havarti cheese shredded
  • 1/4 C Parmesan
  • 4 oz mild cheddar cheese shredded
  • 4 oz extra sharp cheddar cheese shredded


  • 2 Tbsp Parmesan
  • 2 oz mild cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/2 C Panko breadcrumbs
  • Olive oil


  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Set aside a 2qt baking dish.
  • Bring water to a rapid boil in a medium-large saucepan. Cook pasta according to package instructions or personal preference.
  • In a double boiler over simmering water melt butter, whisking in flour. Slowly whisk in milk and cream, followed by seasonings. When liquid is warm, add half of the cheese. Whisk occasionally until fully melted. Add remaining cheese, continuing to whisk occasionally until fully melted. Keep warm over medium-low heat.
  • Drain pasta. Add to un-greased baking dish. Pour cheese sauce over pasta. Top off with Parmesan cheese and shredded cheddar. Coat with plain Panko breadcrumbs. Spritz with olive oil. Bake for 25 minutes or until breadcrumbs are lightly browned and cheese is bubbly. Serve immediately.


Recipe serves roughly 6-8.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

More dinner recipes to try:
Mini Shepherd’s pies
Deep dish Chicago style pizza
Beef and Guinness pies with puff pastry
Chicken Parm meatballs
Barbecue chicken tacos
Spiced shawarma chicken wraps
Chicken schnitzel
Bacon wrapped meatloaf

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33 Responses to “Four Cheese Macaroni and Cheese”

  1. #
    Javi Trulove @ T3Treats — February 16, 2014 at 8:02 am

    This looks So yummy.. i mean i can even have Breakfast with this..

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      Rachel — February 17, 2014 at 10:30 am

      With a side of bacon perhaps? :)

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    Helen @ Scrummy Lane — February 16, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Looks and sounds delicious – especially as I’m feeling so hungry right now! Wonderful comfort food!

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      Rachel — February 17, 2014 at 10:30 am

      Thanks Helen! :)

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — February 16, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Is it ok to have mac and cheese for breakfast? Because I’d totally be ok with that right now.

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      Rachel — February 17, 2014 at 10:30 am

      I definitely wouldn’t stop you and I might even join you! :)

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — February 16, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Must be a mac and cheese kind of day – I just posted one as well! :) This looks absolutely heavenly… love the use of Havarti! It’s one of my favorites!

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      Rachel — February 17, 2014 at 10:31 am

      Every day should be mac n cheese day :)

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    aimee@shugarysweets — February 16, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    I love mac and cheese, and this one is a winner in my book Rachel. Your photos are awesome too!!!

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      Rachel — February 17, 2014 at 10:31 am

      Thanks so much Aimee :)

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    Rachel @ Fairietale Designs — February 16, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    I’m always looking for new recipes to make for my mac-and-cheese loving kids. They’re pretty picky, but this one looks like it could be a winner! I’ll definitely give it a try.

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      Rachel — February 17, 2014 at 10:31 am

      My kids loved it so I hope yours do too! :)

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    Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg — February 16, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Yum! Can’t go wrong with 4 cheeses.

    • #
      Rachel — February 17, 2014 at 10:32 am

      I totally agree :)

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    Mariana @The Candid Kitchen — February 16, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Haha I am also so into Nashville at the moment! I also keep picturing HP as a cheerleader but she’s slowly reeeeeeally getting me into Country music.
    But I really came by to say I need to try this recipe! Anything with four cheeses in it are a must!

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      Rachel — February 17, 2014 at 10:32 am

      It’s so hard to picture her as anything but that cheerleader. I guess her current role isn’t that much of a stretch from her previous roles though.

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    Joel A. — February 17, 2014 at 12:10 am

    I really love cheese. Four of them? Now, this is a must try!

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      Rachel — February 17, 2014 at 10:33 am

      I hope you enjoy it when you get around to trying it :)

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    Emily @ Life on Food — February 17, 2014 at 6:11 am

    Yummy mac and cheese. I am always changing song lyrics too. I try not to sing out loud since I know I do this. My husband finds it so funny when he hears what I think they are versus the actual words.

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      Rachel — February 17, 2014 at 10:34 am

      Thanks Emily :) You should tell your husband you’re changing the lyrics on purpose ;) Life is more fun making up your own song anyway.

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    Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent — February 17, 2014 at 6:29 am

    Love homemade mac n cheese. Four cheeses just make it yummier! I’m loving the Olympics, but am a little down about the shows not being on as well. I was most upset last week about reign. Pathetic I know.

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      Rachel — February 17, 2014 at 10:35 am

      I’ll honestly be happy when the olympics are over. I used to love them but they’re just kind of boring these days. And missing a favorite show is never pathetic :)

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    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — February 17, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    This looks so amazing! And I bet it is the perfect addition to any dinner!! Love it!

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      Rachel — February 17, 2014 at 5:15 pm

      Thanks Angelyn! :)

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — February 18, 2014 at 12:46 am

    Is there anything better than a good mac and cheese?!

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      Rachel — February 18, 2014 at 7:16 am

      Not much :)

  14. #
    Sally Edelstein — February 18, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Sounds delicious for a cold wintry night!

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      Rachel — February 18, 2014 at 7:23 pm

      Thanks Sally!

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    Michelle — December 7, 2016 at 2:50 am

    What is milk cheddar cheese?

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      Rachel — December 7, 2016 at 6:57 am

      Just a typo. It’s mild cheddar cheese.

  16. #
    Michelle — December 7, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Ah! That makes sense, Thank you!

  17. #
    Abigail — December 24, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    My favorite food id Mac&cheese I can’t wait to make this with my mom. Merry Christmas!

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      Rachel — December 26, 2019 at 9:02 am

      Enjoy and merry Christmas! :)

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