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Mac ‘N’ Cheese Soup

I came across this recipe a few years ago and made some changes to suit my family's tastes. Because it starts with packaged macaroni and cheese, it's ready in a jiffy. —Nancy Daugherty, Cortland, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings (2 quarts)


  • 1 package (14 ounces) deluxe macaroni and cheese dinner mix
  • 9 cups water, divided
  • 1 cup fresh broccoli florets
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cheddar cheese soup, undiluted
  • 2-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 cup chopped fully cooked ham


  • Set aside cheese sauce packet from macaroni and cheese mix. In a large saucepan, bring 8 cups water to a boil. Add macaroni; cook for 8-10 minutes or until tender.
  • Meanwhile, in another large saucepan, bring remaining water to a boil. Add broccoli and onion; cook, uncovered, for 3 minutes. Stir in the soup, milk, ham and contents of cheese sauce packet; heat through. Drain macaroni; stir into soup.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 263 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 976mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 13g protein.

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  • James
    Jan 9, 2021

    Someone complained about this recipe being too salty. There are two fixes possible. The salt is coming from the cheese sauce that comes with the Mac 'n Cheese. Don't use it, and use shredded Cheddar instead; or use a bottled cheese sauce and cut down the amount of cheese. This is a great idea as a recipe. I cut the broccoli very finely.

  • asnunez
    Jan 6, 2021

    Although this was super simple to make, it was a bit salty for us. Definitely gonna give it another shot. Just gotta think about a different way to cut some of the salt taste. If somebody out there has any ideas, I’d appreciate them ‘cuz I think the Grands would love this.

  • emadams527
    Nov 3, 2014

    My husband and I really liked this recipe! Beside the fact that it is a great comfort food, I really like the possibility for creative adjustments (we are thinking kielbasa and frozen peas will be a good variation!). Also, it's an easy set of ingredients to keep on hand for an unexpected cold or windy day when the grocery store just doesn't sound appealing!

  • jbrough1984
    Jan 7, 2014

    I subbed the ham for canned chicken like a previous comment b/c my husband doesn't like ham. It was ok, but I probably wont make again. On a side note, how are you going to give a recipe you haven't made a 2 star b/c you don't eat cheese?

  • PMFB
    Dec 8, 2013

    Just tried this today! Sooooo good. Great for a cold night in Upstate NY.

  • claylady01
    Nov 27, 2013

    I would change some of the ingredients because I don't eat hardly any cheese! I love homemade soups and would add pasta to my soups and of course lots of broccoli and other vege's and the ham sounds wonderful will make some soup soon.

  • PoohGal79
    Apr 16, 2013

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  • katlaydee3
    Apr 4, 2013

    This was a good recipe and a new way to use up some of the leftover Easter ham.

  • Lms526
    Feb 2, 2011

    I left out the broccoli and substituted canned chicken for the ham. I also used skim milk instead of 2%. But my parents and I all loved this soup. I would definitely make this again.

  • wittymomma
    Jan 3, 2011

    We are making this soup again tonight! We loved it! I am going to make 4 times the amount of this soup this time though! Last time I Just doubled it... We all (5 of us) had 1 bowl each... But it was so good we all wanted more lol. SO I am doubling my doubled recipe lol. Looking forward to it & Cant wait to eat!! Thanks for reading!! Enjoy!