Old School From Scratch Velveeta Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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The creamy, cheesy, velvety goodness you remember from your childhood, is everything that makes up this Old School From Scratch Velveeta Macaroni and Cheese Recipe.

Every bite is cheesy deliciousness! 

Old School From Scratch Velveeta Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Yep, I went old-school today.

It is the Velveeta Macaroni and Cheese my grandmother used to serve me at her house.

Yes, it is basic, traditional and very old-school. (And really easy, so don’t judge)

And guess what? Only FOUR simple ingredients. I love recipes that only have a few ingredients.

Especially when they are easy to source/find ingredients.

I know that some people don’t like using Velveeta, and that’s perfectly fine. You totally don’t have to.

There are plenty of other macaroni and cheese recipes on the site that do NOT call for Velveeta.

You can find some links for these, further down.

But this is a recipe for the old school recipe using Velveeta. So, obviously it is going to have it in it.

Old School From Scratch Velveeta Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

We are a house of Velveeta Macaroni and Cheese lovers.

Yes, my tastes have stepped off a little from this simple recipe. 

Still there is nothing like coming back to a creamy, delicious reminder of your childhood. Nothing.

Old School From Scratch Velveeta Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Let’s Make Old School Velveeta Macaroni and Cheese! Stat!

It is so easy, creamy and ridiculously delicious.

A comfort food like no other!

Definitely my go-to recipe when I want something comforting, that is easy and doesn’t require a lot of work! 

Can I bake Old School Velveeta Macaroni and Cheese?

Yes, you can bake this recipe if you’d like. It won’t be as creamy out of the oven, which is why we don’t.

But if you’d like a little golden color to it and want to bake it, you can. 

After all the steps, you can toss it in a 350 degree F oven for about 15-20 minutes.

Can I add cracker crumbs to Macaroni and Cheese?

Yes! Many macaroni and cheese lovers enjoy a crunchy topping in the form of crumbled potato chips or cracker crumbs.

You can sprinkle them over the top and broil in the oven for a couple of minutes or bake in the oven. 350 degrees F for 15 minutes or so.

What can I serve with Macaroni and Cheese?

At our house, a fresh garden salad or Caesar salad pairs really well with macaroni and cheese.

My kids love green veggies like green beans, broccoli or peas with their macaroni and cheese.

Macaroni and cheese pairs well with steak, hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken as a side dish too. 

Do you like Velveeta Macaroni and Cheese as much as we do?

Old School From Scratch Velveeta Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Ingredients and Substitutions

Just 4 ingredients!!

(printable recipe at the bottom of the post)

  • (8 ounce) package of elbow pasta
  • stick of butter
  • (12 ounce can) of evaporated milk
  • 1 pound block of Velveeta cheese, cut into 1″-2″ cubes

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Old School From Scratch Velveeta Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Old School Velveeta Macaroni and Cheese

Nicole Cook
Creamy, rich and cheesy. Three words that perfectly describe this delicious Velveeta Macaroni and Cheese recipe.
4.48 from 279 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pasta
Servings 6 servings


  • 1 8 ounce package of elbow pasta
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 12 ounce can of evaporated milk
  • 1 pound block of Velveeta cheese cut into 1″-2″ cubes


  • Boil the pasta as directed on the package.
  • Drain the water but keep ¼ cup or so in the bottom of the pot. Add 1 stick of butter, the can of evaporated milk and the Velveeta cheese.
  • Sprinkle some salt and pepper in there. (if you're like us, you'll sprinkle loads of pepper and barely any salt, because for some reason it just tastes better that way).
  • Heat the pot on medium until the cheese is completely melted and blended in.
  • Remove from heat and allow to sit for about 5 minutes. Stir and serve.
  • It will get thicker the longer it sits, enjoy!!
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  1. Kickin’ it old school…awwwww, yeah.

    This is all I ate for years…throughout my entire late teens. I will STILL make myself the stuff from the box occasionally, but why do that when Nicole has shared this recipe with me???

    The family is going to love me. More.

  2. I just bought Velveeta for the first time (I know!) my husband is still a little frightened of the cheese-food plasticity Velveeta offers. So I have half a chunk left to use. How is this recipe with reduced butter? Is it just less creamy?

  3. I make this a lot! But I use shredded cheddar and one egg instead of the velveeta. Velveeta kind of scares me.

  4. This is my favorite way to make mac n’ cheese, my Mom and I adore it! There is just something delicious about it:-) Hugs, Terra

  5. This sounds so very easy. Can’t wait to try it. I am trying different ideas now for a pot luck I committed to in October. I have always loved Velveeta so can’t wait to try it.

  6. What does the evaporated milk provide? Do you think I could use regular milk? How might it be different? Thank you!

    1. It provides the creaminess and texture of the Old School Velveeta Macaroni and Cheese. You could totally use regular milk, but it may not be as creamy. Evaporated milk has most of the water removed unlike actual milk, making it a more creamy alternative. Hope that helps.

  7. I grew up on a farm, one of 7 children. My Mom used to make this for us and added chunks of ham. This is old fashioned comfort food! I substitute heavy cream for the evaporated milk. For New Years, I added lobster meat!

  8. Thank you for the old school Mac & Cheese recipe. I enjoyed reading the recipe and looking at the yummy pictures. It looks delicious!!! Definitely, I will give it a shot.

    Once again thank you very much for the great recipe!!! Happy cooking.

  9. Holy cow! This was SO good. Made it 2 nights ago and I’m making it again tonight. I was a little afraid of the evaporated milk but this is the M & C recipe I’ve been missing in my life. Yum yum yum!

    Tonight I’ll be using 10 oz. of noodles to see if that helps soak up some of the extra creamy sauce. This also reheats in the microwave really well with just a splash of milk!

  10. Great, simple, no-hassle and fast recipe. But you can go ahead and use the whole 16 oz. box of pasta if you’re using a pound of Velveeta. I added a tablespoon of ground mustard and diced chipotles (get this in the small jar in the international food aisle) for some zing.

  11. in grade school, 1966 –the cooks made best mac and cheese ever, it was so creamy, kids would go for refills till gone. don’t know if this is it but will try, been making for 55 years, and can not duplicate it, never tried evaporated milk, hope this is it.

    1. Yes I am sure that would be just fine. The cream adds a richness and creaminess to the sauce that might not be as obvious with the milk but I think it would work just fine!

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