TikTok Mac and Cheese
Macaroni and cheese is the ultimate comfort food. But did you know that the TikTok mac & cheese craze has created many different varieties for how you can make it?
Below we are going to outline the three most popular TikTok mac & cheese recipes, describe how we would improve them, and give you step-by-step instructions on how you can make them. Be sure to give these delicious recipes a try!
What Is TikTok?
Before we jump into the delicious TikTok mac & cheese recipe that went viral, it’s important to first understand what TikTok is. TikTok is a social media platform where people post a lot of video content ranging across various topics.
What Makes TikTok Mac and Cheese Different?
There are three primary recipes for mac & cheese that have gone viral on TikTok.
The first one which we are going to cover is, in our opinion, the best macaroni and cheese recipe.
It is made by boiling your pasta and then combining a variety of cheeses with a roux.
The second recipe is made in one pan and features Velveeta cheese. The final one shows you a trick on how you can easily make a box of Kraft mac & cheese.
Why Is This Viral Mac And Cheese Recipe So Good?
Each of these three different recipes is delicious in its own way. The recipe for making Kraft mac & cheese shows you if you shortcut and just might blow your mind away.
The other two recipes show you how to make fabulous mac & cheese from scratch.
Why you will love TikTok Macaroni and Cheese
There are many different reasons why you will love TikTok mac & cheese depending upon your purpose.
These recipes are so delicious and creamy for homemade macaroni and cheese, and the recipe for Kraft mac & cheese is simply easy. We hope you’ll give these recipes a try, and enjoy them!
3 TikTok Mac and Cheese Recipes
Method 1 – The Viral TikTok Mac N Cheese Recipe (Our Favorite!)
Elbow Macaroni. Elbow macaroni is of course the recommended kind of pasta you can use when making macaroni and cheese. If you need to use a different shape, you can, but traditionally elbow macaroni is what we like to use.
Butter. Butter is a crucial ingredient you want to be sure to include. We recommend that you use salted butter for this recipe.
Garlic. To help give this delicious macaroni and cheese recipe a wonderful flavor, minced garlic is included. You can buy minced garlic from the store, or you can choose to mince your own garlic.
Flour. All-purpose flour is used in the roux to help thicken your cheese sauce.
Half and half. Half-and-half is also added to the roux to make your macaroni and cheese delicious and creamy.
Cream. We also recommend that you include heavy whipping cream to make your macaroni and cheese the ultimate creamy deliciousness.
Shredded cheese. In the viral video, a mixture of freshly grated cheddar cheese and mild cheddar cheese is used.
You can use your favorite types of freshly shredded cheese, as long as it is freshly shredded.
You do not want to use pre-shredded cheese that you pick up from the grocery store as it will make your macaroni and cheese not nearly as smooth and creamy as it should turn out.
Sometimes, we also like to throw in a little bit of Velveeta cheese for extra creaminess. This shredded cheese will be used in the roux and to top the mac and cheese, so be sure you have plenty to go around.
Seasonings. The recommended seasonings for amazing TikTok mac & cheese are garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper.
Parsley. A little bit of fresh or dried parsley on top of the mac & cheese will help to give it a bit of color.
How to Make TikTok Mac and Cheese
To make this viral TikTok mac & cheese recipe, begin by filling a pan halfway with water, placing it over high heat, and bringing the water to a boil.
Once boiling, add your pasta and cook until just al dente.
While your pasta is boiling, shred your cheese.
When the pasta has finished boiling, drain the pasta water.
Preheat the oven to 425°F (218°C).
Take a 9 x 13 baking dish, and spray it with cooking spray, or brush it with butter. Pour your drained noodles into the pan along with 2 tablespoons of butter. Press the butter into the noodles so that it melts.
In a skillet over medium-high heat combine the remaining butter with garlic. When the butter is melted, sprinkle it with all-purpose flour. Stir until the mixture has thickened (at least one minute).
Add half-and-half and heavy cream to the mixture. Whisk vigorously until combined. Continue whisking over medium heat until the mixture begins to steam. Be careful that you do not scald the dairy. Heat it so that it is just shy of a boil, but do not boil.
When the mixture is steaming, remove it from the heat and add in the shredded cheese, reserving 2 cups of the shredded cheese for the topping. Add seasonings, and stir until the cheese is combined and melted.
Once your cheese sauce is prepared, pour it over your boiled noodles. Stir until all the noodles are coated well in the cheese sauce.
Smooth out your mac & cheese, then top with remaining shredded cheese.
Bake at 425°F for approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Or until the macaroni and cheese is bubbling and has begun to brown.
To further brown your mac & cheese, turn the oven to low broil, and broil for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the top is as golden as you prefer. Be sure to keep a close eye on it while boiling so that you do not burn the mac & cheese.
When the mac & cheese is done, remove it from the oven, sprinkle with parsley if desired, then serve and enjoy.
Method 2 – Easy and Delicious with Velveeta
Velveeta. One block of Velveeta cheese will have to make your mac & cheese nice and creamy.
Elbow Noodles. For this recipe you can simply use dried elbow noodles, there is no need to pre-boil the pasta.
Heavy Cream. Use heavy cream to make the dish nice and creamy. While you can substitute out heavy cream and use half-and-half, or whole milk, it will not be quite as creamy as when you use heavy cream.
Shredded Cheese. Again, the key for this recipe is to use freshly grated cheese. You do not want to use shredded cheese from the grocery store. In the TikTok video, Monterey Jack cheese and mozzarella cheese is used, but you can use your favorite type of freshly shredded cheese.
Water. Approximately one cup of water is added to the 9 x 13 pan to help moisten the pasta as it cooks. Including this water is essential, otherwise, your pasta will turn out hard.
Breadcrumbs. Breadcrumbs are used as the base for this topping. You can use as much or as little as you want to cover the 9 x 13 dish.
Melted butter. Melted butter is added to the topping to make it moist. We recommend that you use salted butter for this recipe.
Seasonings. The main seasonings for this macaroni and cheese recipe include garlic powder, pepper, salt, and parsley.
Grated parmesan cheese. Grated Parmesan cheese, the kind you can buy in a can from the store, is added to the breadcrumb topping.
How to Make One-Pan Oven Mac and Cheese
Begin by greasing a 9 x 13 baking dish. Then take a block of Velveeta cheese and place it into the center of your baking dish.
Next, add your elbow pasta noodles and pour them into the dish so that they are halfway up the block of Velveeta.
Then take heavy whipping cream and pour enough so that the noodles are covered in the cream.
Sprinkle the top of the noodles with freshly shredded cheese. In the TikTok video, she used Monterey Jack cheese and Mozzarella cheese, but you can use whatever you prefer. We like to use a mixture of mozzarella and cheddar cheese.
Then pour one cup of water around the pan.
Add your pan into the oven at 375°F for approximately 30 to 40 minutes or until the pasta noodles are cooked.
While the macaroni and cheese is baking, you can prepare the optional bread crumb topping if desired.
In a mixing bowl combine breadcrumbs, melted butter, garlic powder, pepper, salt, parsley, and grated parmesan cheese.
Stir until the topping is combined, and there are no lumps remaining.
When your pasta noodles are cooked, and soft, remove the macaroni and cheese from the oven and stir to combine all of the ingredients with the block of Velveeta cheese. Once the macaroni and cheese mixture is combined, sprinkle your prepared topping across the entire pan.
Place it back into the oven either at 425°F for a few minutes, or you can broil it in the oven for no more than 3 to 5 minutes until the breaded topping is crispy. Once it’s done, remove it from the oven, and serve. Enjoy!
Method 3 – Easy Kraft Mac and Cheese
Boxed Kraft mac and cheese. You can use as many boxes of Kraft mac & cheese as you want. You can also use any kind of off-brand boxed mac & cheese that is similar to Kraft if desired.
Water. For this recipe, you will want to have on hand enough water to cover the pasta.
Cheese packets. Be sure to include the chance packets included in the box of Kraft mac & cheese.
Butter. Simply include salted or unsalted butter in the pasta as it is prepared.
Milk. You can use your favorite type of milk for this recipe.
How to Make Macaroni and Cheese
To make this super simple Kraft mac & cheese recipe, you will begin by opening the boxes of Kraft mac & cheese. Pour the raw noodles into your saucepan.
Cover the noodles in water, just enough water so that the pasta is covered.
Then, open the packets of cheese included in the box, and sprinkle it over the pasta and water mixture. Give it a stir to combine the cheese.
Add your slices of butter, and place it over the burner. Turn the burner to high heat until it comes to a rolling boil.
Once the pasta is boiling, reduce the heat to medium, and continue simmering stirring occasionally until the past the noodles are al dente.
Please note, as this pasta is cooking you do not want to cover it with a lid. In this case, evaporation is a good thing.
You will notice that when your pasta noodles are fully cooked, there should be little if any water remaining.
Add your milk, or cream to the mac & cheese, and stir to combine. Remove from the burner.
If desired, you can add additional cheese. In the video, she shows adding shredded cheese specifically for mac & cheese. However, you could also add freshly grated cheese for a similar taste, or you could also melt a slice or two of American cheese singles into the mac & cheese while it is still hot.
Once your extra cheese is melted, serve and enjoy!
How to Serve TikTok Mac and Cheese
The best way to serve any of these mac & cheese recipes is while they are fresh. You can enjoy mac & cheese as your main dish or even a side dish for any occasion.
Macaroni and cheese is a delicious and kid-friendly meal and makes a great passing dish at a potluck or holiday gathering.
Storage and Reheating
How To Store Mac And Cheese
Room temperature. Macaroni and cheese should be left at room temperature for no more than two hours before it goes bad.
In the fridge. Once macaroni and cheese is cold, it can be transferred to an air tight container, sealed in a plastic storage bag, or covered securely with plastic wrap before placing it into the refrigerator.
Keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 days.
In the freezer. Macaroni and cheese can also be frozen by transferring it to an air tight container, or sealing it in a plastic freezer bag and then placing it into the freezer for up to three months.
Please keep in mind that when macaroni and cheese is reheated after it has been frozen, you may need to add additional dairy and cheese to it.
Microwave. One of the most common ways to reheat macaroni and cheese if there happen to be any leftovers is in the microwave.
To microwave leftover mac & cheese place it into a microwave-safe container or a bowl, and cover it with a damp paper towel in the microwave for one to two minutes until it is reheated.
Oven. Probably our favorite way to reheat mac & cheese is to reheat it in the oven.
To do this transfer it to oven safe dish, add some extra milk, or heavy cream, and top it with additional cheese if desired. Bake at 350°F for 10 to 15 minutes or until it is warmed through.
Air fryer. If your air fryer has a bake function, you could also reheat leftover mac & cheese in the air fryer.
Transfer it to a safe container for the air fryer, then air fry at 300 to 325°F for approximately 5 to 8 minutes or until the mac & cheese warmed through.
Tips For The Best Mac And Cheese
The BEST Cheese for Creamy Mac and Cheese. To make the best cheesy mac & cheese it is important to know which types of cheese you should use.
We recommend using a mixture of mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese, and Velveeta. While there are many other types of cheese you can use, keep in mind that the melty types work the best. You will also want to be sure to use freshly shredded cheese rather than picking up a bag of shredded cheese from the store.
Assembling Make Ahead Mac and Cheese. When assembling macaroni and cheese ahead of time, especially if you’re making it a few days in advance, it’s a good idea to add a little bit extra cream and cheese to help keep it nice and moist.
Of course, there are many different variations to mac & cheese. We have covered three main mac & cheese recipes on TikTok. Below are a few more ideas for you when it comes to Mac and cheese toppings, and another viral variation.
In many cases, simply topping baked mac & cheese with shredded cheese is a delicious option. In other cases, you can make a breaded topping if desired. Other mac & cheese toppings include bacon, broccoli, chicken, cauliflower, ham, corn, pulled pork, shrimp, hotdogs, and crackers.
One-Pan Mac and Cheese with Raisins
One other viral mac & cheese recipe that we did not go into detail about above, is a one-pan mac & cheese recipe that is made with raisins.… That’s right raisins.
Sadly, the reason this recipe went viral was that adding raisins to mac & cheese is so unheard of, and to most sounds disgusting. If you want to give it a try, feel free to add in raisins when your mac & cheese is assembled, and before baking it. For others of us that it sounds rather gross, simply skip over this part.
What to Serve With
Some of my favorite things to serve with macaroni and cheese are as follows.
Why is the cheese white and not yellow?
Perhaps you wonder why your macaroni and cheese turns out white. It might simply have to do with the type of cheese you use or the amount that is used. If your mac & cheese turns out a light color don’t worry about it.
Can I use shredded cheese to make mac and cheese?
We strongly recommend that you shred your own cheese when making mac & cheese rather than purchasing already shredded cheese from the grocery store.
When you buy cheese already shredded from the store, it has a coating on it that will make your mac & cheese gritty, and not nearly as creamy.
Which of these three recipes is the best?
So out of the above recipes, you might ask which one is the best. Our favorite recipe is the first one, it is made using a roux and contains a lot of cheese.
All of the above recipes are good, it’s simply a matter of how much time you want to spend making your dinner, and how you want it to taste when it’s done.
Viral Tik Tok Mac and Cheese Baked
There are many macaroni and cheese recipes that have gone viral on TikTok. We have covered the three most popular recipes and recommend that you give them a try. Which recipe you choose depends on what outcome you were going for, and how much time you have to spend in the kitchen. We hope you will give them a try, and let us know what you think!