‘The Pioneer Woman’ Ree Drummond’s Macaroni and Cheese Recipes

If you’re looking for comfort food, The Pioneer Woman star Ree Drummond has a host of recipes that will feed your tummy and soul. One dish you might want to try out is her macaroni and cheese recipe. Here are three of her macaroni recipes.

Ree Drummond is a big fan of macaroni and cheese

(l-r) Ree Drummond, Maria Shriver and Hoda Kotb | Tyler Essary/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
(l-r) Ree Drummond, Maria Shriver and Hoda Kotb | Tyler Essary/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

On The Pioneer Woman blog, Drummond jokes that she loves macaroni and cheese so much it was the only food she ate until she was 14 years old. If you want to try this recipe, you’ll need elbow macaroni, one stick of salted butter, all-purpose flour, whole milk, dry mustard, one egg, and one pound of grated cheese.

Drummond says she uses dry mustard in her macaroni and cheese recipe because it adds a tangy flavor. “I love this ingredient in macaroni and cheese,” wrote Drummond on her blog. “It provides a tangy sharpness without injecting a definable flavor.”

For this recipe, Drummond uses cheddar cheese. She usually likes to mix cheeses, but she chose cheddar for this basic macaroni and cheese recipe. You can find the full instructions on Drummond’s blog.

Ree Drummond’s no-bake macaroni and four cheeses recipe

Another mac and cheese recipe that’s even easier to make is Drummond’s no-bake macaroni and four cheeses recipe. If you’re short on time, this is a quick way to get your macaroni and cheese fix. For this recipe, you’ll need a box of elbows, a cup of cream, a few tablespoons of butter, one garlic glove, black pepper, minced parsley, and four cheeses. Drummond uses goat, fontina, parmesan, and Romano cheese.

Don’t worry if there’s still a bit of water on the macaroni after you drain it. Drummond says the water helps with the consistency of the cheese sauce. “I love this sauce,” says Drummond during The Pioneer Woman show. “A lot of times, when I make mac and cheese I start with the white sauce and then add the cheese. This is so much easier, it’s basically just cream and cheese, macaroni, and stir it all together,” adds Drummond. The full recipe and directions are in the video above.

Ree Drummond’s fancy macaroni

Ree Drummond on the Today Show |  Tyler Essary/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
Ree Drummond on the Today Show | Tyler Essary/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

If you want to get fancy with your macaroni and cheese, Drummond has a recipe for that, too. She says this fancy macaroni is great for special occasions. “Make this sometime over the holidays. Serve it on Christmas Eve with your roast beef,” wrote Drummond on The Pioneer Woman blog. “Serve it the day after Christmas with a big Caesar salad. Eat it straight out of the pan after you’ve wrapped your last gift at 11:47 on Christmas Eve. It’s Fancy Macaroni. You want it in your life.”

For Ree Drummond’s fancy macaroni, you’ll need two medium onions, bacon, grated cheese, four tablespoons of butter, ¼ cup of all-purpose flour, salt, pepper, milk, half and half, and two eggs. Drummond describes this recipe as both creamy and crispy. “The beauty of this baked macaroni is that the outside sizzles and crisps up while baking, while the stuff inside remains luscious and creamy,” wrote Drummond. The full recipe and directions are on The Pioneer Woman blog. See the link above for details.

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