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Mac and Cheese Soup

Can we talk for a minute? Isn’t it a shame that comfort food takes such a beating? I mean, here we are on the cusp of one of the greatest comfort food holidays of the year and folks get so judgy. I mean, think about it, we could potentially be faced with mounds of heaping, cold, left-over mac and cheese that is just biding its time to be “elevated” into an exquisite luscious show stopper of a meal. The centerpiece of a comfy and quiet dinner made simply of a bowl of Mac and Cheese Soup. Ahhhhhh.

Imagine, the weather turns colder and nothing feels better than a hot, creamy, hedonistic and epicurian bowl of left-over mac and cheese soup while you curl up on the couch covered with your soft blanket and the TV turned to your favorite show. I don’t want you to miss out on that kind of good time. So what am I gonna do? I really can’t take responsibility for what you might do with this recipe.

Mac and Cheese Soup

Mac and Cheese Soup

I’ll tell you what. I’m gonna show you how I make  Mac and Cheese soup and then let you decide what you will do with your own leftovers. (If you’ve tried our  “How to Make Kraft Mac and Cheese Better (Easy Hacks)” then you might have some leftovers!    Be King (Queen) of your domain, I say. Perhaps your arteries are too big and you need something to help stop them up a little. I mean, let’s think positively for once.

Besides, I can not help that I have been on a bender of fanatical “I’ve got to stop throwing food away” preoccupation lately. This fixation has allowed me to meet some really lovely people and has me thinking that I can create BRAND NEW RECIPES. (LAUGHING at SELF). So here is what happened….

This morning at 6:30 am the Loaves and Dishes kitchen was cranking  with new found enthusiasm for this newly dreamed up recipe. (and 6:30 is the time because that is when sweet hubby walks out the door to work) – and you know, I have to keep up appearances. I let him think that I don’t do anything all day (except work from home, go around in my pj’s and  track the interactions of the dog, cat and rabbit). But I had to wrap up this soup before I started my paying job at 7am. I smiled and waved good bye at the back door with my coffee cup in hand and as SOON as the backdoor banged closed on its frame, it was like an episode of my favorite food game show over here ya’ll! Cheese, butter, garlic, onions and left overs went aerial as I zipped around the kitchen. And just as the iphone alarm sounded for me to run to the sun room to start the day job – the soup was done. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. DING!

With that, my arms flung in the air and I scampered to the sun room. 7:01am – signed on! Hot soup on the stove top. BOOM!

So, if you are that person with the “Wide Load” arteries OR if, like me, you can’t stand to see another left-over go in the trash, whip up some of this soup today. Believe me, you won’t be sorry!

Mac and Cheese Soup

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  • This recipe is pretty versatile. I added two left over chicken breasts and about a cup of left over steamed broccoli and that turned this soup into a complete meal!
  • Mac and Cheese Soup

    Mac and Cheese Soup on a cold night. YUM!


Ok, OK – so, I didn’t look around on Pintrest until AFTER I was done creating this soup and I have to say, I was SHOCKED to learn that someone thought of this before me. I totally came up with this on my own and it made me MAD to see recipe after recipe for Mac and Cheese Soup. But just like someone said on a Food Blogger Pro Pod Cast I was listening to, “nothing in cooking is truely original, we all get ideas from here and there and so you should site where your ideas come from”. All I can say is, I wish I knew and I really did make this one up out of thin air – and you haters who got this to press before me – I know who you are. lol.

Mac and Cheese Soup

Mac and Cheese Soup

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” ~ John 16:33


Mac and Cheese Soup

Mac and Cheese Soup

If you enjoy wrapping up in a blanket and snuggling on the couch then this is the soup for you! 
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: mac and cheese soup
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 240kcal


  • 2 Tbs unsalted sweet cream butter
  • ½ onion chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 quart of chicken stock
  • 3-4 cups left-over Mac and Cheese
  • 8 oz Velveeta or any processed cheese food really
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • ½ cup heavy cream or whole milk – but you know, cream is creamier – you’ve gone this far, just go the rest of the way
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Smoked Paprika for garnish and parsley if you are in the mood


  • In a heavy sauce pan melt the butter over medium heat on the stovetop. Cook the onions until translucent 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and stir. Cook until fragrant – about 30 more seconds.
  • Add the chicken stock, stir in the mac and cheese. Add the velveeta, parmesan and cream cheeses. Stir occasionally until all are melted and mixed thoroughly. Add the heavy cream (or milk) and stir till heated through. Remove from the heat, add salt and pepper to taste. Serve. Garnish with smoked paprika and/or parsley. If you add in some left over protein (beans, chicken, pork, etc) and a veggie (broccoli, carrots, peas, etc) – then you have a complete meal in one bowl!


You'll want to start with an excellent recipe for mac and cheese , which you can find right here. 


Nutrition Facts
Mac and Cheese Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 240
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Wendi is the writer, CEO and dishwasher at Loaves and Dishes! When not in the kitchen or behind the computer, you can find Wendi serving on International Food Conference Boards, Speaking at various conferences, Leading and Cooking for the local Arts Council's "Taste of Stokes" events or donating home cooked goodies to various local non profits such as the Danbury Songwriters and Stokes Partnership for Children. Wendi is also a Registered Nurse with a Master's Degree and serves on her town's board of councilmen.

Recipe Rating


Monday 30th of November 2020

Simple and great! I generally hate soup but love mac and cheese.

Wendi Spraker

Tuesday 1st of December 2020

Wonderful! Glad you like it!


Friday 2nd of February 2018

Easy and delicious!


Thursday 9th of November 2017

Hello! The idea of making soup with leftover Mac and cheese was a revelation. It’s always great when it comes out of the oven but falls short when reheating. I had Ina Garten’s 4 cheese penne (but I had used used small shell pasta) leftover. If you know that recipe it has lots of different cheeses in it plus tomatoes so I thought it would be particularly good made into a soup and it was!!! I added a can of tomatoes with green chili, chicken broth, and some milk and it was even better than it had been as the original. Thanks for this great idea and for the tips on what to add.

Wendi Spraker

Thursday 9th of November 2017

Hi Donna! Thanks so much for stopping by! Isn't it TERRIFIC when you can recreate leftovers into their OWN wonderful dish? I LOVE that! So glad that yours turned out perfectly! I DO know that dish by Ina - wow! Delish! Thanks for letting me know!


Sunday 26th of February 2017

I had left over ricotta from lasagna (and left over m& c) and used it instead of cream cheese. Added jack cheese and chicken and cauliflower and broccoli. Thank You. THEY LOVED IT!

Wendi Spraker

Sunday 26th of February 2017

Hey @ Wonderful! (I don't know why that at sign is there - but it won't allow me to erase it) - I'm so glad it worked out for you! Anything with Mac and cheese is terrific - and you made this one your very own by adding the chicken, cauliflower and JACK CHEESE! YUM!!!


Sunday 17th of April 2016

Yes, but how do I make the Mac and Cheese?

Wendi Spraker

Sunday 17th of April 2016

Hi Bree! Glad you asked!!


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