Easy Mac and Cheese

I grew up on baked macaroni and cheese and wasn’t privy to the wonders of stove-top mac and cheese for the first several years of my childhood.  While I appreciate my mom’s casserole version, this is a tough recipe to beat.  It’s quick, it’s insanely creamy and cheesy, and you dirty ONE pan.  In our house with no dishwasher, that’s a big deal (ok you dirty a colander too…sorry).

I prefer it with a few dashes of Red Rooster hot sauce.
(adapted from Cooking Light, May 2007)
1 1/4 cups uncooked macaroni
1 cup 1% milk
2 tbsp all purpose flour
1 1/4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese – the recipe calls for reduced fat, but I only believe in full-fat cheese
1/2 tsp salt
a few grinds of a pepper mill
Cook pasta in a medium saucepan according to package directions.  
Transfer to a colander.
In the same saucepan, combine the milk and flour over medium heat, stirring with a whisk. 
Cook, stirring constantly until thickened (about 2 minutes).
Add cheese, salt, and pepper, and continue whisking until all the cheese is melted.
Turn off heat, stir in the pasta, and let sit for a few minutes before serving.

10 Responses to “Easy Mac and Cheese”

  1. 1 That Girl September 30, 2008 at 4:09 am

    This is so funny because I want to make mac and cheese this week! And I feel the same way about full fat cheese.

  2. 2 Snooky doodle September 30, 2008 at 8:44 am

    yummy !! not that good for my diet though 😦

  3. 3 Steph September 30, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    I have no dishwasher either and we love anythign that minimizes a mess. I admit, other than KD, I’ve never had mac and cheese. Actually, maybe because I’ve only had KD is why I’ve never had it.. hahah. Yours looks great!

  4. 4 Katie September 30, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    Stove top mac and cheese is the best! So creamy and delicious!

  5. 5 KMAYS September 30, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    I feel you on full-fat cheese. It's just one of those things that if you're going to do it, you're going to do it. Unless you're eating mac & cheese every night, there's no need for reduced-fat cheese. It's a heresy. 🙂

  6. 6 Stephanie September 30, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    Looks yummy! Love that it’s somewhat healthier for you!

  7. 7 ~Amber~ September 30, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    It looks delicious, and so creamy too.

  8. 8 Brooke October 3, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    Oooh, I need to try this. I can never seem to make a creamy homemade mac and cheese but this looks perfect!

  9. 9 Mom October 4, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    That’s okay–it has all the same ingredients except flour instead of buttered cracker crumbs.

  10. 10 Liz October 21, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    I just made this– it was so easy! Thanks!

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