Copycat Velveeta Shells and Cheese

Remember when I teased you with this photo on Instagram and Facebook?


I know, it was mean to make you wait so long for the recipe. But trust me, this one was well worth the wait.

I honestly wasn’t sure if I would be able to successfully recreate Velveeta Shells and Cheese without all of the suspicious ingredients (maybe you don’t find it suspicious that you can keep an open package of Velveeta in your fridge for over a year without it going bad…but I sure do). I have some pretty strong childhood memories connected to the stuff – many an evening was spent at my best friend’s house, eating shells and cheese and watching trashy reality TV.

And yet, success! I promise you this tastes just like the boxed version. Even better, you need only 4 ingredients and the time it will take you to cook your pasta. Seriously, that’s it! Couldn’t be easier. Trust me, this one is going to go into your permanent easy dinner rotation.

Head on over to Food Fanatic to grab the recipe!


  1. By the reaction of your daddy when he saw this, it will be on the menu next week. He liked the bowls you have it in, too. 🙂 I’m thinking hamburgers on the grill with this on the side.

  2. YUM! I love Mac and Cheese. I could eat it ALL the time! I am heading over to see the recipe. P.S. thanks–now I am craving a big bowl of this!

  3. Velveeta night was THE BEST NIGHT EVER growing up, particularly when my mom selected the box with those lovely fake bacon bits. Now that I’m grown up, velveeta tooootally creeps me out too (I”m pretty sure a fly wouldn’t even land on that orange log). Now though, I can have it all: the taste of childhood, minus the adult scary feelings about fake cheese. Basically, you are my hero.

    1. I personally don’t taste the cream cheese at all – tastes just like shells and cheese to me, but if you are highly sensitive to the taste of cream cheese I don’t know how it would taste to you personally.

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