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Easy Baked Mac and Cheese with Potato Chip Topping

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Easy Baked Mac and Cheese with Potato Chip Topping can be served as a meal or a side dish.

Baked Mac and Cheese with Potato Chip Topping can be either an easy dinner recipe or side dish recipe. This creamy macaroni and cheese is loaded with cheddar cheese, mozzarella and cream cheese, and topped with rippled potato chips and French's fried onions.

This creamy macaroni and cheese is loaded with cheddar cheese, mozzarella and cream cheese, and topped with rippled potato chips and French’s fried onions.

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Baked Mac and Cheese with Potato Chip Topping can be either an easy dinner recipe or side dish recipe. This creamy macaroni and cheese is loaded with cheddar cheese, mozzarella and cream cheese, and topped with rippled potato chips and French's fried onions.

To make this homemade mac and cheese, I started by pouring some heavy cream into a large saucepan on the stove and bringing it to a boil.

Then I added some uncooked macaroni noodles to the pot, stirred them well and reduced the heat to medium.

macaroni noodles and heavy cream in a saucepan

I cooked the macaroni noodles for three minutes, stirring them occasionally.

After three minutes I added some cream cheese, butter, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper to the pot.

cream cheese, butter and seasonings added to creamy sauce

I stirred all of the ingredients together until the cream cheese and butter were completely melted.

cream cheese mac and cheese

Then I removed the pot from the heat and added some shredded cheddar and mozzarella cheese.

shredded cheddar cheese and shredded mozzarella cheese on top of macaroni

I stirred the shredded cheese into the pasta mixture and then set the pot aside while I prepared the topping.

creamy macaroni and cheese

To prepare the potato chip topping, I started by placing some ruffled potato chips in a large Ziploc bag and crushing them with a rolling pin.

Ruffles potato chips in a Ziploc bag

I poured the crushed potato chips into a mixing bowl along with some French’s fried onions and melted butter.

 

crushed potato chips and French's fried onions in a mixing bowl

Then I combined the ingredients with a fork.

crushed potato chip mixture in a mixing bowl

I stirred the macaroni and cheese mixture one last time and then poured it into a greased 9 x 13 inch baking dish.

homemade macaroni and cheese in a baking dish

I spread the pasta out evenly and then sprinkled some shredded mozzarella cheese on top.

shredded mozzarella cheese on top of macaroni and cheese in a baking dish

Then I sprinkled the crushed potato chip mixture on top of the cheese.

crushed potato chips and French's fried onions on top of mac and cheese

I placed the dish in the oven and cooked it for about 15 minutes just to melt the mozzarella and crisp up the topping a bit.

Baked Mac and Cheese with Potato Chip Topping can be either an easy dinner recipe or side dish recipe. This creamy macaroni and cheese is loaded with cheddar cheese, mozzarella and cream cheese, and topped with rippled potato chips and French's fried onions.

This homemade baked macaroni and cheese is the ultimate comfort food dish.

Baked Mac and Cheese with Potato Chip Topping can be either an easy dinner recipe or side dish recipe. This creamy macaroni and cheese is loaded with cheddar cheese, mozzarella and cream cheese, and topped with rippled potato chips and French's fried onions.

Easy Baked Mac and Cheese with Potato Chip Topping would be a perfect Thanksgiving side dish or to take along to a potluck.

Baked Mac and Cheese with Potato Chip Topping can be either an easy dinner recipe or side dish recipe. This creamy macaroni and cheese is loaded with cheddar cheese, mozzarella and cream cheese, and topped with rippled potato chips and French's fried onions.

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Baked Mac and Cheese with Potato Chip Topping can be either an easy dinner recipe or side dish recipe. This creamy macaroni and cheese is loaded with cheddar cheese, mozzarella and cream cheese, and topped with rippled potato chips and French's fried onions.
Easy Baked Mac and Cheese with Potato Chip Topping
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Easy Baked Mac and Cheese with Potato Chip Topping can be served as a meal or a side dish. This creamy macaroni and cheese is loaded with cheddar cheese, mozzarella and cream cheese, and topped with rippled potato chips and French's fried onions.

Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked mac and cheese, Thanksgiving side dish
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 1158 kcal
Ingredients
Topping
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.

  2. Pour heavy cream into a large saucepan and bring to a boil.

  3. As soon as the cream starts to boil, add the macaroni noodles to the pot, stir well and reduce heat to medium.

  4. Cook the macaroni noodles for three minutes, stirring occasionally.

  5. After three minutes, add the cream cheese, butter, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper to the pot. 

  6. Stir until the butter and cream cheese are completely melted. Then remove the pot from the heat.

  7. Add the shredded cheddar and mozzarella to the pot and stir well. Set aside.

Topping
  1. Place the potato chips in a large Ziploc bag and crush with rolling pin.

  2. Pour the crushed chips into a mixing bowl along with the fried onions and melted butter. 

  3. Combine the ingredients with a fork.

  4. Stir the macaroni and cheese really well and then pour it into a greased 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Spread it out evenly.

  5. Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella cheese on top of the macaroni.

  6. Sprinkle the potato chip mixture on top of the mozzarella.

  7. Place in the oven and bake for 13-15 minutes to melt the mozzarella and crisp up the topping.

  8. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

This recipe serves 6-8 people as a main dish or 12 people as a side dish.

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