This Marinara Mac and Cheese is a quick and easy dinner option filled with love and flavor! It's everything you love about a classic creamy mac and cheese with a bright pop of thick and hearty marinara sauce. Have it on the table in less than 30 minutes!
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Marinara Mac and Cheese

This Marinara Mac and Cheese is a quick and easy dinner option filled with love and flavor! It's everything you love about a classic creamy mac and cheese with a bright pop of thick and hearty marinara sauce. Have it on the table in less than 30 minutes!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Rebecca Hubbell

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoons mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 23-ounce jar Ragu Thick and Hearty Traditional Sauce
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese + extra for garnish
  • Parsley for garnish

Instructions

  • Bring salted water to a boil in a large pot and add elbow macaroni, cooking according to package instructions until al dente, do not overcook. Drain pasta and run over with cold water to stop the cooking process and set aside when done.
  • Meanwhile, in a large pot, melt butter over medium-low heat. Once melted, sprinkle in the flour and whisk until a roux forms. Stir constantly for about 4 minutes until roux turns a light golden brown. Gradually pour in the milk and heavy cream, whisking constantly.
  • Raise the heat to medium-high and bring sauce to a low boil, whisk sauce constantly. Reduce heat so that sauce remains at a simmer and continue to whisk until the sauce is thick and coats the back of a spoon, about 3 minutes.
  • Add in the pepper, salt, and mustard powder, garlic powder, and whisk until blended. Then whisk in the cheese one cup at a time, mixing and letting melt before each addition.
  • Pour in the Ragu Thick and Hearty Traditional Sauce
  • Add the cooked pasta to the sauce and stir until evenly coated, garnish with additional Parmesan cheese, pepper and chopped parsley. Serve immediately for best taste.