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white cheddar cranberry macaroni and cheese is a fantastic side for the holidays!

White Cheddar Cranberry Macaroni and Cheese

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8+ 1x


  • 1 package pasta shells
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 4 cups shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon fresh Italian parsley


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain; return to pot.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour and dry seasonings until smooth; gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a low boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir until thickened, 6-8 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat; stir in cheeses until melted.
  4. Add to pasta
  5. Add dried cranberries, and fresh herbs; toss to coat.


*optional: add mac and cheese to buttered baking dish, top with breadcrumbs to finish in oven if preferred.

  • Cuisine: Holiday
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