Havarti Mac n Cheese

I’ve been in a baking and cooking funk lately for one reason or another. It happens to the best of us. I truly wanted to get into the kitchen and make something new and fun to share but couldn’t bring myself to do so. I’m trying. So please be patient with me while I try to get back on track.

Maybe you can even help give me inspiration to get back in there and whip something fun up. What kinds are items are you most interested in seeing over the next few months? While you think about that, how about some mac n cheese to get us started?

I like having different versions of the same type of dish to mix it up on occasion. I have a simple go-to baked mac n cheese recipe but have to admit that I *gasp* sometimes get sick of it and want something different. I’ve shared another simple recipe as well as a fun buffalo chicken version which is sure to be a big hit with those who love buffalo sauce! So take your pick. I’m sure there will be plenty more mac n cheese recipes in the future. I can’t help it. It’s just so tasty and comforting! I’ll try to atleast resist another new recipe until it gets cold again, deal?

My mom has made this several times. I like this version because it’s not too strong and is easily loved by all because of it’s simplicity. I only just recently got around to asking for the recipe. As it turns out, it was a super easy recipe from Pillsbury that is very similar to one I’m familiar with making already. Score! I like simple. The only big difference in this is the varieties of cheese used and the amount of milk. Well, plus the seasonings in general are far less than I would normally use but that can be adjusted easily enough. It wasn’t quite salty enough for me but other days it might be just right so I’d suggest sticking with the basic seasonings to start out and adjust to your liking perhaps even after plating.

Havarti Mac n Cheese

Creamy homemade baked Havarti macaroni and cheese recipe. A super comforting family-friendly meal.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pasta
Servings: 4


  • 3 C pasta
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 C milk
  • 6 oz mild cheddar cheese shredded
  • 4 oz Havarti cheese shredded
  • 1/2 C plain breadcrumbs
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter melted


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Meanwhile cook pasta to desired consistency. Lightly coat a 2 quart baking dish with olive oil.
  • Meanwhile, in a double boiler over simmering water, melt 2 tbsp butter. If you do not have a double boiler, a heat safe bowl can be used in its place. When butter has melted, add flour, salt, pepper and milk. Stir and cook until slightly thickened, 3-4 minutes. Add shredded cheese, continue heating until full melted.
  • Drain pasta and transfer to prepared baking dish. Pour cheese over pasta, stirring gently to distribute cheese throughout the dish.
  • Melt remaining 2 tbsp butter and mix with 1/2 cup breadcrumbs. Spoon breadcrumb mixture over pasta.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes.


An original recipe from Baked by Rachel
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25 Responses to “Havarti Mac n Cheese”

  1. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — May 13, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Looks good! I usually only use Havarti for sandwiches but I’ll have to try this!

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — May 13, 2011 at 9:56 am

    If I come over will you warm me up a bowl? I’m afraid that I might eat the whole dish by myself if I make it myself. :P

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — May 13, 2011 at 10:01 am

    I love mac and cheese, but have never tried it with havarti! Sounds good :)

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    Kristina — May 13, 2011 at 10:15 am

    I wish I could have this for breakfast right now!!

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    Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels — May 13, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Havarti is my absolute favorite cheese! I am in love with the idea of using havarti for mac and cheese. I’m definitely trying this out!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — May 13, 2011 at 11:27 am

    OH YES PLEASE!! I love havarti!

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    Heather at FarmgirlGourmet — May 13, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Wow….all of these great posts this morning have me drooling like a St. Bernard. I love love love mac and cheese and will definitely be trying it with Havarti for certain! Great recipe Rachel!

    Happy Friday,

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    Vicki @ WITK — May 13, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    This mac n cheese looks so tasty! I’m always in need of good dinner options, how about more fast meals?

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — May 13, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    This totally makes up for your lack of baking! YUM

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    natalie (the sweets life) — May 13, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    mmm can’t go wrong with havarti! :)

    i have that placemat!

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    Deb @ knitstamatic — May 13, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Well now you did it. I’m going to HAVE to have mac and cheese for dinner tonight. Its’ a fav comfort food of mine and I love havarti, what a great idea.

  12. #
    Jonna — May 13, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    That looks soooooo good…. :D

  13. #
    Julia — May 13, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    I love love love havarti!!!!!

  14. #
    Kate from Scratch — May 17, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Fantastic! Great job! I love mac n’ cheese, especially during this rainy, stormy weather. Cheese makes everything delicious.

  15. #
    Cristina — May 18, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    I absolutely love Havarti and just know it has to be fantastic with pasta in a mac n cheese. Great idea!

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    Kim - Liv Life — May 19, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    MMM!! Now that’s a mac n cheese I would devour. Havarti anything wins my heart. Nicely done!!

  17. #
    Angela FRS — May 31, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    That looks amazing. Have never used Havarti in mac and cheese, but I sure will now.

  18. #
    Elle — June 2, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    You can’t beat mac and cheese for comfort food. And havarti is a great cheese to use! Also? You used my favorite noodle. ;)

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    Jen H — June 7, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Mac & cheese is always my go to when I’m in a food funk and this sounds like a pretty solid take on it. I’ve never used havarti in mac & cheese and may have to add it into my rotation now. Thanks!

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    Jann Griffiths — July 4, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    OMG that sounds delicious. I can hardly wait to try it for my grandchillin.

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    Louise — March 3, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    I love Havarti! Used to eat it (Dofino brand) every day when I lived in Canada. Now I’ve relocated to Bournemouth, U.K., and can’t find it anywhere. I’ve done searches on the websites of Sainsbury, Tesco, Asda, and Waitrose, and none of them has it (except Waitrose who has it ready-sliced, (a no-no for me). Do you know of any grocery store or supermarket in the Bournemouth area that might stock it? Any help would be very much appreciated.

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      Rachel — March 4, 2012 at 2:19 pm

      I’m sorry, since I’m in the US I’m not familiar with who carries specific items elsewhere. Perhaps you could ask your local grocer for suggestions.

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    Dofino — March 7, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Yumm! Love havarti with just about anything. Especially with additives like chiptole or caraway. Yummm

  23. #
    Terrie — March 15, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    How do I get a printer friendly version of this?

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      Rachel — March 16, 2012 at 8:11 am

      There should be a print icon at the top of the post where you can select which portions to print, or check out the recipe index (link located on the right of the page) for printable recipes.

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